China to build illegal airfield on Vietnam’s Truong Sa

>> Vietnam concerned by violations of int'l law in East Sea: PM  >> China's runway building on island violates Vietnam's sovereignty >> Ministry protests China's illegal act on Vietnam's Truong Sa

China's decision to build an airport on an island belonging Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago highlights its defiant attitude towards the international community and is part of its scheme to exclusively occupy the East Sea, a former Vietnamese border official has said. Tran Cong Truc, former chief of the Government's Border Committee, made the comment in a recent interview with Tuoi Tre about the fact that China has decided to build an illegal airport on Da Chu Thap Island (Fiery Cross Reef), part of Truong Sa in the East Sea. … [Read more...]

Expanding Johnson South Reef: What is China’s plot?

China is turning Johnson South Reef into an artificial island. Photo: DSPL

VietNamNet Bridge - Former Deputy Minister of Defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, confirmed that China's construction activities on islands in Vietnam's Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) aim at military targets, laying the foundation for implementation of the "China dream". relate news China's dark designs after 25 years of seizing Johnson South ReefChina is building artificial islands in order to change the status quo of the Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef and some areas in the Spratly Islands of Vietnam. What do you think about China's latest moves? … [Read more...]

China’s dark designs after 25 years of seizing Johnson South Reef

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VietNamNet Bridge - The steps taken by China, from Hainan to Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly), from military and civilian coordination, show that China is looking for ways to implement the ambition of monopolizing the East Sea. Twenty-five years after the illegal use of force to occupy Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef) and six other reefs in Vietnam's Spratly Islands, China once again, despite the objections of law and of international opinion, is improving and expanding this reef in order to turn it into an artificial island to serve the plot of gradually monopolize the East Sea. … [Read more...]

Freedom of navigation and sovereignty of Paracel and Spratly Islands

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VietNamNet Bridge - China has been taking advantage of the strategic position of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in the East Sea to implement its ambitions of occupying the East Sea, seriously threatening freedom of navigation in an extremely important area of the world. Phu Lam Island (Woody) of Vietnam was occupied illegally by China. Photo: Google Earth in 2012. … [Read more...]

Fact finding tour of monument honouring soldiers in Gac Ma island, Truong Sa archipelago

Floating flowers to commemorate martyrs in Gac Ma island

(VOVworld) - Chairman of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor Dang Ngoc Tung has visited a construction place for building a park commemorating soldiers who died in mission in Gac Ma island. The construction site is in the north of Cam Ranh peninsula near a road linking Cam Ranh airport to the city center. The park will be built with funding from workers and people to honor soldiers who sacrificed their life in national defense. Chairman of the Confederation, Dang Ngoc Tung:"During the trip, architects will gather materials for their design to illustrate the hardship and brave struggle of Vietnamese soldiers. This monumental park will become a place of education for younger generations about patriotism." … [Read more...]

Vietnam vice premier to visit US to promote ties

>> U.S. Secretary of State Kerry congratulates Vietnam on National Day  >> US hails Vietnam's goodwill, criticizes China's provocation over sea dispute

During the coming visit to the U.S, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and his hosts will discuss measures to strengthen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the U.S., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said Thursday. During the two-day visit starting on October 1, the two sides will also discuss activities to mark the 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Binh said. … [Read more...]

Political News 26/9

VN active in Asia-Pacific stability Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said here yesterday Viet Nam would do its best to serve as a pro-active regional actor to contribute to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Minh was speaking to the Asia Society in New York City. The meeting was one of many Minh held on the sideline of the 69th United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, he said all countries with a stake in the future of the Asia-Pacific needed to strengthen their political will and determination to work together. … [Read more...]