Viet Nam News HẢI PHÒNG - The Việt Nam Farmers' Association hosted the "head for the open sea" festival in coastal Hải Phòng City on Thursday, calling people to join hands in protecting the marine environment and securing sovereignty over the sea and its islands. The festival, the first of its kind in Việt Nam, included activities like an incense offering ceremony to memorise those who died at sea, a whale worshipping ceremony and the release of baby shrimp/ fish into sea in the city's Cát Bà Island District. The farmers' association and Hải Phòng City People's Committee teamed up to give local fishermen national flags to fly on their sea trips. A fleet of fishing boats steamed off to the high seas, traveling around Cát Bà Bay and representing the hope of bumper catches. President of Việt Nam Farmers' Association Lại Xuân Môn told Nông thôn ngày nay (Countryside today) newspaper that the festival aimed to honour fishing activities, fishermen and their contributions to the … [Read more...] about First “Head for the open sea” festival held
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to swear at U.S. President Barack Obama, dangled the prospect of leaving the United Nations and insulted the pope, all without leaving the country. Now he’s ready to meet the world. Duterte, whose antics have repeatedly made headlines since he took office two months ago, is making his international debut at a pair of summits that start Tuesday in Vientiane, Laos. The meetings will be attended by Obama plus leaders from Southeast Asian nations, Russia, China and Japan. Before the summits even begin, Duterte has caused a stir. Hours after an expletive-laden outburst as he headed for Laos, in which he warned Obama against questioning him about his war on illegal drugs, the White House announced their scheduled tete-a-tete was off. "President Duterte is the most-talked-about leader in Asean and in the world," his Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a recent radio interview, referring to the 10-member Association of … [Read more...] about Philippines’ Duterte heads for the world stage. But will he behave?
(VOVworld) – ASEAN and China have agreed on negotiations to finalize a framework for the Code of Conduct (COC) of Parties in the East Sea in mid 2017. The result reflects a shift in Beijing’s attitude towards a complicated regional issue because it’s the first time an official specific date for the finalization of the COC. Since 2010, China and the ten ASEAN member countries have negotiated over the Code of Conduct to avoid disputes among claimants in the East Sea issue. Until 2013, both sides conducted official consultations for the legal document. Since then, there had been no major progress because the COC negotiations were delayed several times due to regional tensions. Reaching consensus A meeting of senior officials from China and ASEAN on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the East Sea took place on 15-16 August in Manzhouli, a northern port city in China. The ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in … [Read more...] about Consensus on creating a law enforcement framework for the East Sea issue
VietNamNet Bridge - After the division in 2012, ASEAN members have allied for common goals. Now the bloc is again challenged by the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) dispute. VietNamNet would like to present an article by Mr. Dimas Muhamad, who works for the Policy Analysis and Development Agency, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When we talk about the 2012 ASEAN Summit, some are fixated on ASEAN’s failure to hammer out a unified communiqué for the first time in its history. What they gloss over is the fact that not longer after the summit, with Indonesia’s tenacious shuttle diplomacy, ASEAN Foreign Ministers set aside their differences and adopted a joint statement. It stipulates that ASEAN Foreign Ministers reaffirm the commitment to six-point principles, the last of which is “the peaceful resolution of disputes [in the East Sea] in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law including the 1982 … [Read more...] about Big waves in the East Sea
The national weather center and forecast agencies from the US Navy and Japan said October 27 that a tropical low-pressure system to the east of the Philippines has now intensified to a storm. Le Thanh Hai, director of the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecast Center, said the storm called Mirinae was moving west at 62-88 kilometers an hour. Storm Mirinae has developed in the wake of Typhoon Lupit, which weakened to a tropical low-pressure zone in the sea off Japan's northeast the same day. Mirinae, a Korean word meaning "galaxy," is the 21st storm in the west of the Pacific Ocean this year. It is forecast that the storm could strengthen to a level 11-12, or 103-133 kilometers an hour. Over the next three to four days, it will approach the Philippines and then head towards the East Sea. The national weather center has warned boats not to travel in eastern areas of the East Sea. … [Read more...] about New storm heading for East Sea