President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping plan to refurbish the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by developing everything from stealth jets to aircraft carriers as China ramps up its presence in the South China Sea and around self-ruled Taiwan. The navy has been a key beneficiary of the modernization plan as China looks to project power far from the country’s shores and protect its trading routes and citizens overseas. Last month, Beijing unveiled a target of 7.5 percent rise in defense spending for this year, a slower rate than last year but still outpacing China’s economic growth target. Deputy naval commander Qiu Yanpeng told reporters in the eastern city of Qingdao that Tuesday’s naval parade - likely to be overseen by Xi himself, though China has not confirmed that - will feature 32 vessels and 39 aircraft. "The PLA Navy ship and aircraft to be revealed are the Liaoning aircraft carrier, new types of nuclear submarines, new types of destroyers, as well as … [Read more...] about China to show new warships as Beijing flexes military muscle on navy anniversary
China stance on south china sea
She said at a press conference that Vietnam’s position on freedom of navigation in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, has been consistent. "Vietnam respects the rights to freedom of navigation and overflight of other countries in the East Sea in accordance with international laws, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)," she said. Hang also reiterated that Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) Islands in accordance with international laws. She called for other countries to contribute "practically and responsibly" to the maintenance of order, peace and the rule of law in the East Sea. Hang was responding to questions regarding recent activities by the British and Japanese navies in the waters. The British Royal Navy's amphibious warship HMS Albion sailed close to the Paracel Islands on its way to Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnam reiterates stance after British, Japanese South China Sea drills
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
The event is part of the activities in response to the World Ocean Day 2018. Local youths cleaning up the beach in Cam Pha city Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of the Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said that 28 coastal central-run cities provinces should cooperate in protecting marine environment as well as work to change awareness of sea and treatment to the ocean. They should consistently follow ASEAN’s stance on ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation and tackle the East Sea (South China Sea) issue based on respect of international law while having effective response to climate change and rising sea level. Meanwhile, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long affirmed that the locality will continue to improve the natural environment, particularly the sea environment. The Sea and Island Week is significant to the province to popularize the importance of the nation’s seas and islands … [Read more...] about Sea and Island Week launched in Quang Ninh province
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam protests recent complicating developments in the East Sea and asked China, Taiwan and the Philippines to halt unilateral acts that undermine peace and stability in the disputed waters. At the Việt Nam foreign ministry’s regular press conference on May 31, spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng criticised China for conducting live fire drills on Việt Nam’s Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago from May 9-12 “[China’s actions] seriously violate Việt Nam’s sovereignty, run counter to the two countries’ agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea issues, breach the ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (East Sea), […] and trespass on the consensus reached between the two countries’ leadership”, spokesperson Hằng said. She reiterated the Vietnamese Government’s stance that the country … [Read more...] about Việt Nam asks offending parties to stop complicating East Sea situation