As China Looms, Vietnam Aims to Develop a More Modern, Skilled Navy

TAIPEI —  A Vietnamese military official advocates developing a more modern, better skilled navy that can hold off complex threats, mainly what experts believe to be increasing pressure from China. A rear admiral and political commissar in Hanoi told the official Viet Nam News August 6 that the navy could not be “taken by surprise at any development. “In this complicated situation that poses many threats to the country’s defense and security, given the Navy’s role as the key defender of the country’s sovereignty, the Viet Nam People’s Navy must…

Vietnamese Scholars Denounce China’s Movements in South China Sea

A group of well-known Vietnamese scholars gathered this weekend outside China’s consulate in Ho Chi Minh City to protest Chinese ship movements in waters claimed by Vietnam in the South China Sea, dispersing only after an angry exchange with police, sources told RFA. Participants included retired professors and academics Hoang Dung, Tuong Lai, Vo Van Thon, Le Cong Giau, Ha Thuc Huy, Nguyen Thanh Van, and Huynh Tan Mam, retired professor Hoang Dung told RFA’s Vietnamese Service in an interview. Though previously watched closely by police, the seven academics had…

Unmanned Military Craft Raise Risk of War

The U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter (or ACTUV) autonomous vessel prototype (USN) By Lt. Cmdr. Evan Karlik 2019-08-12 15:58:00 The immediate danger from militarized artificial intelligence isn’t hordes of killer robots, nor the exponential pace of a new arms race. As recent events in the Strait of Hormuz indicate, the bigger risk is the fact that autonomous military craft make for temping targets – and increase the potential for miscalculation on and above the high seas. While less provocative than planes, vehicles, or ships with human crew or troops aboard, unmanned systems…

From Givenchy to Versace, big brands are apologizing to China

Donatella Versace takes part in the NYC Pride March on June 30, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) As tensions in Hong Kong continue to escalate after months of political unrest, China has sought to rein in international brands that have mistakenly identified the semiautonomous territory — and other Chinese-claimed lands — as independent countries. From Versace to Givenchy, brands have swiftly offered apologies to China over their references to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao on their websites and on items of…

Divided by land, connected by sea

I just returned the other day from a trip to India on the invitation of Johnny Chotrani, Chair of the Philippine-India Business Council (PIBC) of which I’m a member. We met with the ASEAN-India Business Council (AIBC), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Inc. (FICCI), and the Chamber of Indian Industry (CII). The trip had a dual purpose: it included matters pertaining to the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations (PCFR), which I chair, and where Johnny’s a member. I met with Philippihne Ambassador to India Dondon Bagatsing, our Defense…

Chinese vertical world map focuses on Arctic

Europe has dominated cartography for so long that its central place on the world map seems normal However, as the economic centre of gravity shifts east and the climate warms up, tomorrow’s map may be very different Focusing on both China and Arctic shipping lanes, this vertical representation could be the world map of the future The world, but not as we know it Image: Prior Probability A Chinese ‘vertical world map’, showing the world in a different perspective from the one we’re used to. Europe is tucked away in…

As China Looms, Vietnam Aims to Develop a More Modern, Skilled Navy | Voice of America

TAIPEI – A Vietnamese military official advocates developing a more modern, better skilled navy that can hold off complex threats, mainly what experts believe to be increasing pressure from China. A rear admiral and political commissar in Hanoi told the official Viet Nam News August 6 that the navy could not be “taken by surprise at any development. “In this complicated situation that poses many threats to the country’s defense and security, given the Navy’s role as the key defender of the country’s sovereignty, the Viet Nam People’s Navy must…

Chinese project in Cambodia raises alarms of military build-up

While Cambodia welcomes an ongoing influx of Chinese tourists, investment and development, the world at large increasingly suspects that China is launching a military buildup in the country for stronger Chinese influence in Southeast Asia. Dara Sakor, a new China-backed coastal resort in Koh Kong province, located some 400 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh by road, covers almost 20 percent of the country’s coastline. Having obtained a 99-year land lease from the Cambodian government, the Chinese developer was allowed to develop on 36,000 hectares of land in the province, raising…