VietNamNet Bridge – The navy of the 10 ASEAN member states and 8 countries (U.S., Japan, China, Russia, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand) will participate in a joint exercise in the East Sea next year.
The statement by the Indonesian Navy emphasized that the exercise will focus on the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
The host country Indonesia will deploy 12 vessels to serve in the drill. The participating ASEAN countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
In the past two weeks, Vietnamese fishermen have reported a rash of violent Chinese intrusions into Vietnamese waters. Some fear the incursions are part of a Chinese plot to take the East Sea by force. Nguyen Van Ai, 62, said he was recently chased by a group of around 30 Chinese fishing boats - escorted by a Chinese naval ship -while fishing near the Truong Sa Archipelago . Ai has been a fisherman for nearly 50 years and his four sons now pilot his fleet of four off-shore fishing boats. "I've never seen anything like it," he said. "Normally, fishing…... [read more]
(VOV) -Vietnam and ASEAN countries have reached a consensus on the East Sea issue, said Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in a recent interview granted to the media about the results of the 24th ASEAN Summit. Vietnam Buddhist Sangha protests against China's act in East Sea ASEAN Summit overshadowed by East Sea tensions ASEAN Foreign Ministers concerned about East Sea situation Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung led a Vietnamese delegation to the 24th ASEAN Summit which took place in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from May 10-11. Regarding the major outcome of the summit, Deputy PM Minh…... [read more]
China's recent violations of Vietnam's sovereignty on May 26 and June 9 have made the East Sea situation more complicated. With a strong belief in justice, Vietnam hopes to settle all disputes through peaceful negotiations. >> US Senate calls for peaceful resolution to East Sea disputes>> Vietnamese lawyers oppose China's violation of sovereignty Professor. Dr. Nguyen Hong Thao, an expert on land and maritime border issues, emphasized this in an interview with our reporter. Reporter: Is it true that China has violated Vietnam's sovereignty by cutting the cables of Vietnam's exploration ships Viking II and Binh Minh? Prof. Thao: The…... [read more]
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at the ASEAN-India foreign ministers' meeting (Source: VNA) Vientiane(VNA) – Vietnam has reiterated its stance on protecting peace, security, stability and maritime navigation and aviation in the East Sea at separate meetings between ASEAN foreign ministers and their counterparts from partner countries in Laos on July 25. Addressing the ASEAN+1 events, which took place within the framework of the 49 th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also expressed Vietnam’s views on the Permanent Court of Arbitration which was formed in accordance with…... [read more]
>> US Senate calls for peaceful resolution to East Sea disputes>> Vietnamese lawyers oppose China’s violation of sovereignty Professor. Dr. Nguyen Hong Thao, an expert on land and maritime border issues, emphasized this in an interview with our reporter. Reporter: Is it true that China has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty by cutting the cables of Vietnam’s exploration ships Viking II and Binh Minh? Prof. Thao: The two recent incidents occurred in Vietnam’s continental shelf and 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zones. According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLO 1982), Every State has the right to establish the…... [read more]
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign affairs Pham Binh Minh has hailed his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa for taking the initiative to expand ASEAN's role in the East (South China) Sea dispute. He was speaking following a visit by Natalegawa to Hanoi Wednesday. The Indonesian minister proposed six basic principles for the East Sea: full implementation of the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea; full support for DOC guidelines; an early conclusion of the Regional Code of Conduct on the South China Sea; full respect for universally recognized principles international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on…... [read more]
Nghi was answering questions about Vietnam’s response to a number of recent activities by China in the East Sea, especially its official announcement and enforcement of coastal border security regulations for Hainan, the exercise on Quang Hoa island of the Hoang Sa archipelago, the provision of 3D and CDMA services on Chu Thap (Stone Cross) of the Truong Sa archipelago, and the approval of the Sanya City cruise tourism development plan (2012-2022), which included tours to islands in the Hoang Sa archipelago. Those activities further complicated the situation in the East Sea and ran counter to the spirit of the…... [read more]
Participants exchanged opinions on the wrongdoings of the Chinese marine surveillance vessels which had cut the exploration cables of a PetroVietnam ship, involved in seismic surveys within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. They shared the same view that China should strictly abide by the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) as well as recent commitments that China had made. As such skirmishes in the East Sea cannot be resolved in a short time they required the concerned sides to patiently settle the incidents through dialogue…... [read more]
At a seminar held at New South Wales University in Australia last Saturday, Doctor of History Nguyen Nha presented historical evidence proving Vietnam's sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes. The event attracted the attendance of a large number of experts, international onlookers, and overseas Vietnamese people and students in Australia. While providing evidence to prove Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes, Dr Nha emphasized that the country's sovereignty is indisputable and that such sovereignty has been made clear through geographical records and administrative and historical documents dating back to the 19th century in both Western and…... [read more]
Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to boost maritime cooperation for the purposes of maintaining peace, security and free navigation of the East Sea. Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (L) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino agreed to boost maritime cooperation in the East Sea. During his three-day state visit to the Philippines beginning Wednesday (October 26), Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Philippine President Benigno Aquino witnessed the signing of four agreements, including a five-year cooperation plan through 2016, a memorandum on cooperation and sharing information between the two countries' navies, the establishment of a hotline between the Vietnam Marine…... [read more]