Vietnam Leader Urges Restraint Over South China Sea Dispute With China

Vietnamese President and Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong called for calm in the disputed South China Sea, saying Hanoi would uphold its sovereignty its standoff with encroaching Chinese ships but also values stability, state media reported on Tuesday. “The principle is independence, sovereignty, territorial unity, but at the same time, stability. There is no period in which the country has had a stable atmosphere this good, so let’s keep it,” state media quoted Trong as telling a town hall meeting in Ba Dinh, which he represents in the Communist state’s…

New insect found in South China Sea

Chinese researchers have discovered a new species of marine insect from the Hermatobatidae family in the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, marking the first time the insect was recorded in China. Researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University said the insect, with a body length of 3 to 4 millimeters, lives on the surface of the ocean and sometimes hides in the tiny holes of coral and eats small arthropods. Compared with previously known Hermatobatidae species, the researchers found significant differences and identified it as a new species, increasing the…

From Wuhan to Chennai: Reading the tea leaves…

The Chinese plan for the worst that could come their way in pursuit of critical objectives. The Chinese are inscrutable in the nuanced practice of diplomacy, and utterly ferocious when their core interests are challenged, a potent blend of Marx and Confucius. The Dalai Lama, Taiwan, the Spratly Islands are non-negotiable and evidently Ladakh too. They plan decades in advance and are mostly brilliant in anticipating the rival’s responses. The Chinese plan for the worst that could come their way in pursuit of critical objectives. Mao Zedong famously said that…

Palace: Removing ‘Abominable’ from local cinemas up to MTRCB

A scene from ‘Abominable.’ Handout MANILA — Removing the animated film “Abominable” from Philippine cinemas over a scene featuring China’s 9-dash line in the South China Sea, will be up to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Malacañang said Tuesday. Vietnam, which also has conflicting claims with China in the resource-rich waters, has banned the movie because of a scene showing the unilaterally declared 9-dash line. “Depende siguro ‘yan sa MTRCB kung ano ang assessment nila,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said when asked on whether the Philippines…

Vanguard Bank an extension of Vietnam’s land mass, beyond dispute: experts

Both geologically and geographically, the Tu Chinh-Vung May (Vanguard-Rifleman) banks belong to Vietnam’s continental shelf, Associate Professor Nguyen Chu Hoi, former deputy head of the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands, said at a conference in Hanoi Monday. The continental shelf refers to ledges projecting from the land into and under the sea, and the basic principle is that it is a continuation of land territory into the sea. As such, it is not geographically a part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, Hoi said. He explained that geographically, there…

NSTRegion: Be wary of China ‘gray zone’ tactic | New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: “We need to be aware of China’s gray zone tactics in the disputed South China Sea,” said a veteran observer of regional affairs during a short chat while attending the Taiwan national day celebrations, here, recently. News about China’s so called “gray zone tactics” have been in the news months ago but has not caused ripples in the Malaysian context. He was concerned that it will be too late if action is not taken, at least to show China that Malaysia and other claimants on the South China…