Vietnam Quietly Builds Up 10 Islands in South China Sea

Both China and Vietnam are building up small islands in the South China Sea, a waterway known in Vietnam as the East Sea. China has received a lot of criticism for its actions there. But Vietnam receives very little international criticism. In fact, the country even gets some support because the speed of its island-building project is slower and widely seen as defensive. There are several differences between the ways the countries are operating in the South China Sea. First, Vietnam has held its islands for many years. In addition,…

India, Vietnam Conclude Second Iteration of Bilateral Naval Exercise off Cam Ranh Bay

The exercise underscores growing maritime ties between the two countries. Military-to-military cooperation between India and Vietnam continued last week with the conclusion of the second iteration of a bilateral naval exercise between the two countries. The Indian Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy participated in bilateral drills off Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam between April 13 and April 16. Two Indian Navy vessels, INS Kolkata, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers, and INS Shakti, a Deepak-class fleet tanker, participated in the exercise. Following their participation in the…

South China Sea: World War 3 FEARS as Vietnam secretly builds ten islands in disputed sea | World | News

The country has placed its construction in the Spratly Islands near its mainland coast to prevent criticism, the New Delhi Times reported. They have slowly added buildings on 10 major islets since 2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 metres to 1,300 metres. Vietnam’s construction is widely seen as defensive, the New Delhi Times reported. The country, which belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian…

A formula for the Philippines, China, and Vietnam in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea and other participants » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 20, 2019, 10:00 PM By Jose De Vencia Jr. At some point now or sooner than later, the claimants in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea will have to sit down and agree on a seismic and oil exploration program to be fol­lowed by a definitive oil drilling and development schedule for a satisfac­tory commercial petroleum discovery which is anticipated. This should include a detailed and definitive agreement in the event of marginal hydrocarbon discoveries, non-commercial in volume, and must be followed through by a series of exploration…

How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea – New Delhi Times

Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known for working out…

How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known…

Vietnam verifying location of Chinese oil rig in Gulf of Tonkin

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday that authorities were trying to confirm whether China’s Dongfang 13-2 CEPB oil rig is functioning within Vietnamese waters in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Sea, known internationally as the South China Sea. On Sunday, the Xinhua news agency reported that “Dongfang 13-2 CEPB,” the second largest offshore oil production and processing platform in China, was completed for shipment and would be shipped to the Yinggehai Basin on Wednesday. Yinggehai Basin lies at the southern end of the Red River…

Controversial Chinese oil rig drills first well in east South China Sea | China | South China Sea | oil | rig | drilling | islands | disputed | indigenous | US | Philippines | Vietnam | Haiyang Shiyou 981 | HYSY 981

An indigenously-developed deep-sea semi-submersible drilling platform has completed drilling its first deep-water development in east South China sea, according to the Chinese state-owned publication, Global Times. With a measured wellbore depth 4,660 metres and a true vertical depth (the distance from the well to the surface) of 2,529 meters, it is claimed to be the first deep-water well in operation by a Chinese-manufactured platform. The $1 billion platform was built by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and was launched in 2012. That same year, the company’s chairman, Wang…

Vietnam ‘quietly upgrades’ facilities in West Philippine Sea

(UPDATED) Vietnam is not ‘facing the same reaction from China’s maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,’ says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative Published 4:40 PM, April 10, 2019 Updated 8:18 PM, April 10, 2019 VIETNAM UPGRADES. Vietnam is quietly upgrading its facilities in the Spratly Islands, says the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of AMTI/CSIS/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vietnam has quietly upgraded its facilities in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) since…