Japan, Vietnam oppose bids to change status quo in South, East China seas

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The defense ministers of Japan and Vietnam agreed Tuesday to “strongly oppose” unilateral attempts to change the status quo in regional waters, in a veiled reference to China’s maritime expansion. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang discussed in Tokyo recent developments in the South and East China seas, confirming the… Continue reading Japan, Vietnam oppose bids to change status quo in South, East China seas

Dozens of Chinese ships spotted near Julian Felipe Reef

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Despite the Philippine government’s protests, Chinese militia warships have returned to Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef in the West Philippine Sea, where hundreds of Chinese ships congregated earlier this year. According to US-funded news site Radio Free Asia, citing commercial satellite photographs from Planet Labs, dozens of Chinese ships were detected near the reef on November… Continue reading Dozens of Chinese ships spotted near Julian Felipe Reef

China condemns Britain for Taiwan Strait warship mission

China strongly condemned Britain on Monday for sailing a warship through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, saying it was behavior that “harbored evil intentions” and that the Chinese military followed the vessel and warned it away. A post on the ship’s Twitter account said HMS Richmond passed through the strait en route to Vietnam. It had… Continue reading China condemns Britain for Taiwan Strait warship mission

British frigate sails through sensitive Taiwan Strait

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A British frigate was sailing through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Monday, September 27, en route to Vietnam, according to an official tweet from the vessel, in a move likely to anger Beijing amid heightened tensions between China and Taiwan. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has stepped up military and political pressure… Continue reading British frigate sails through sensitive Taiwan Strait

Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

The Philippines is backing a new defense partnership between the United States, Britain, and Australia, hoping it can maintain the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, a view that contrasts sharply with some of its neighbors. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as part of the… Continue reading Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying West Philippine Sea disputes – Chinese official

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China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral actions regarding the West Philippine Sea that could complicate the situation and magnify disputes, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official, China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, September 11. State Councilor Wang was speaking with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during a visit to… Continue reading China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying West Philippine Sea disputes – Chinese official

US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

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US Vice President Kamala Harris met Vietnam’s top leaders on Wednesday, August 25, offering support in several key areas including the enhancement of its maritime security in an effort to counter Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the West Philippine Sea. Harris also offered more visits by US warships during her talks with Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan… Continue reading US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

Vietnam’s second Hamilton-class cutter donated by US arrives at homeport

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The second Hamilton-class high endurance cutter recevied by the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) from the US Government has arrived in its homeport in Vietnam. This was announced by the US Embassy in Hanoi, mentioning that the arrival of the ship, with hull number CBS 8021 happened “earlier this month”, with no specific time and date… Continue reading Vietnam’s second Hamilton-class cutter donated by US arrives at homeport

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

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According to the US embassy in Hanoi, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month. His itinerary includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. “Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon… Continue reading US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

US repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

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The United States on Sunday repeated a warning to China that an attack on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea would trigger a 1951 US-Philippines mutual defense treaty. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the comment in a written statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by an arbitration tribunal repudiating China’s… Continue reading US repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces