HCM City art show raises fund for national seas, islands

VNA Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – 21:16:00 Print Trieu Le Khanh, Vice Chairwoman of the VFF HCM City, speaks a press conference on the art show (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee in Ho Chi Minh City and the municipal television HTV will co-organise a music show on August 29 to raise funds for the national sea and islands foundation. The programme, broadcast live on the local TV, will inform the audience on outcomes of the fund’s operation last year and in the first …

Taiwan earthquake: Massive magnitude of 5.0 rocks islands locked in the Ring of Fire | World | News

According to reports, the quake hit the city of Hualien on the east coast. The earthquake struck the island at 12.05pm local time (5.05am BST). According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the quake hit a depth of 6km (3.7 miles). As of yet, there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The quake caused “mild shocks” throughout central Taiwan according to Taiwan News. Today’s latest quake comes 12 hours after the island was struck by an initial earthquake. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck in the same area on…

Five Must-Visit Islands in South China This Summer – Thatsmags.com

An island getaway is perhaps one of the best ways to soak up the sun before the summer ends, and South China is blessed with a myriad of islands either beset with gorgeous scenery or loaded with fascinating history. Below, we give you a look at five islands in South China that are worth a visit.  1. Weizhou Island (Guangxi) Image via Mafengwo To the south of Beihai city in Guangxi and east of Vietnam lies the volcanic island of Weizhou. Reputedly the youngest island of its type in China,…

Five Must-Visit Islands in South China This Summer – That’s Shenzhen

An island getaway is perhaps one of the best ways to soak up the sun before the summer ends, and South China is blessed with a myriad of islands either beset with gorgeous scenery or loaded with fascinating history. Below, we give you a look at five islands in South China that are worth a visit.  1. Weizhou Island (Guangxi) Image via Mafengwo To the south of Beihai city in Guangxi and east of Vietnam lies the volcanic island of Weizhou. Reputedly the youngest island of its type in China,…

South China Sea tensions soar as Beijing re-enters disputed Vietnamese Spratly Islands | World | News

A survey vessel from Beijing has been spotted gliding through parts of the disputed waters causing further outrage from Vietnam and inflamed aggression. Vietnam said the ship left the area last week, but had returned again yesterday in a move that came after a month-long standoff between Beijing and Hanoi. The US-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) confirmed the vessel was still there today. To make matters worse, the ship was accompanied by at least two Chinese coastguard vessels, resembling more of a fleet. This prompted several Vietnamese ships…

Senator Calls for Probe into Possible Chinese Investments in Philippine Islands

A Philippine senator is seeking an investigation into potential Chinese investments on three islands in the northern Philippines, including one near a former U.S. naval base, saying this has “strategic security implications” for the country. Meanwhile on Friday, the Philippine foreign secretary said his department lodged a diplomatic protest against Beijing after fresh reports emerged that Chinese survey ships and warships were spotted sailing through waters considered as Philippine territory. The protest was the second one lodged by the Department of Foreign Affairs in less than two weeks over alleged…

China’s military drills near Paracel Islands illegal, Vietnam asserts

“As repeatedly emphasized, Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa [Paracel] and Truong Sa [Spratly] islands in accordance with international law. “China carrying out military drills near Vietnam’s Paracel Islands has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over these islands,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement Wednesday. “On August 7, representatives of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry had exchanges and delivered a diplomatic note opposing China’s violations,” Hang added. China held illegal military training exercises near the Paracel Islands in the…

China launches exercises on disputed Paracel Islands, report says

Aug. 6 (UPI) — China continues to engage in exercises in the South China Sea despite recent protest from ASEAN member states, according to a Vietnamese press report. VN Express reported Tuesday the Maritime Safety Administration of Hainan Province, China, said it would engage in training on the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam. The exercises that began Tuesday took place every two to three hours and are to conclude on Wednesday. China has banned all ships from traveling in nearby waters during training. The unilateral Chinese decision to engage…

Chinese investors plan economic zones in 3 strategic islands in the Philippines, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Chinese investors are targeting three strategic islands in northern Philippines for transformation into economic and tourism zones. The islands – Fuga in Cagayan province, and adjacent Grande and Chiquita in Subic Bay, Zambales province – play significant roles in the country’s national security, according to the Philippines military officials. Fuga Island, part of the country’s second northernmost island group, provides access to the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, while Subic Bay is just 260 kilometers from Panatag Shoal (or the…

The Philippines and Spratly Islands: A Losing Battle

by Britanny Cheng What has more than 750 reefs and islands, has been claimed by 5 different countries, and has been the center of political disputes since the 1900s? Answer: the Spratly Islands, located off the coast of the Philippines and Malaysia. This region has been claimed by both of these nations as well as China, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan. Despite the political dilemma synonymous with them, the general American public is mostly unaware that these islands exist. What can the Spratly Islands have to offer? Combined, they barely have…