South China Sea news: Vietnam ’spy boats’ infiltrating Beijing waters in illegal move | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, around 34 Vietnamese boats sailed close to Hainan between January 19 and 31. Most of these vessels went close to the territorial limit, according to South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative. The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative is a Peking University think tank. The move, it says, is seen as Vietnam bolstering its presence, while increasing tension with China. A report says: “As it is known to all, there are a number of Chinese naval and airbases. “It would make…

South China Sea latest: Malaysia, China and Vietnam in ‘dangerous game of chicken’ | World | News

An Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) report gave a blow-by-blow account of “a dangerous ongoing game of chicken” stretching back to last October. The dispute involves navy vessels, coastguard boats, militia vessels, a drill ship called the West Capella and offshore supply ships. The West Capella, contracted by the Malaysian state energy firm Petronas, is at the centre of the stand-off. AMTI, affiliated to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it made its findings based on the vessels’ automatic identification system (AIS) broadcasts and commercial satellite imagery. The…