Vietnam affirms sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa archipelagos

Hang made the remarks at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on March 26, while answering reporters’ queries regarding Vietnam’s response to Chinese media’s information about China’s launch of two research stations on Fiery Cross and Subi Reefs of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. She reiterated that Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence testifying its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagos in line with international law. Therefore, all activities on those islands must have Vietnam’s permission, the spokesperson stressed. Regarding Taiwan (China)’s live-fire…

Vietnam Morning News For March 18, 2020

Vietnam to halt issue of all visas over coronavirusVietnam will suspend the issue of new visas for all foreign nationals to curb the spread of coronavirus in the Southeast Asian nation, state media said on Tuesday.— Bangkok Post Vietnam reports five more coronavirus infections, raising its total to 66Vietnam confirmed five more infections of the new coronavirus on Tuesday, raising its total to 66.— Vietnam Insider Vietnam now at “golden stage” of COVID-19 fight: PMVietnam is now at the “golden stage” of COVID-19 prevention and control, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan…

Did Vietnam Militia Really Swarm a China Military Base ? – The Diplomat

Advertisement Recently, one story that attracted good deal of attention among South China Sea watchers is the allegations by the Beijing-based South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) that an armada of Vietnamese fishing trawlers swarmed the waters off China’s Hainan Island. Based on given sets of data about ship flags and locations at certain time stamps, which were said to be collected from AIS (Automatic Identification System) signals, the SCSPI claimed that Vietnamese fishing vessels were doing illegal fishing — or even conducting close-in surveillance of the strategic…

Postscripts: Vietnam vet still fights to honor men who died on the USS Frank E. Evans | Guest Columns

Parked in the lot at the Big Y market in Mystic the other day was a car, a modest sedan, that serves, in effect, as a mobile memorial as well as a banner of appeal for the enshrinement on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., of the names of 74 members of the U.S. Navy who died in one collision at sea during the war in Vietnam. The driver of the car was not around — in fact, as I later learned, she was inside the Big Y serving…

Even Coronavirus Couldn’t Stop the 2nd US Carrier Visit to Vietnam – The Diplomat

The Debate | Opinion Mutual willingness to proceed with the visit indicates that the trust between Washington and Hanoi has reached a new level. Advertisement Trust can never be earned; it must be given. This is true in all relationships, including geopolitical ones. Vietnam and the United States are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year. While sailing has not always been smooth, both countries have worked hard to enhance trust. Late last week, both nations took a big step to catapult mutual trust to a new…

US Carrier Visit to Vietnam Marks Growing Ties – The Diplomat

Advertisement A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. U.S. Carrier Visit to Vietnam Marks Growing Security Ties  The USS Theodore Roosevelt made the second-ever visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to Vietnam to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations and growing security ties between the former Cold…

U.S. says completes second aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam

FILE PHOTO: The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is seen near Vietnamese fishing boats at a port in Da Nang city, Vietnam, March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kham HANOI (Reuters) – The United States has completed its second aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on Wednesday, as the former foes mark 25 years of normalized diplomatic relations. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escorts completed a five-day visit to the central Vietnamese city of Danang on March 9, the embassy said in a statement. “Visits like these not…

US’ efforts to cozy up to Vietnam won’t work

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT The USS Theodore Roosevelt docked at Da Nang, Vietnam on Thursday, marking the second visit of a US Navy aircraft carrier to the country since the end of the Vietnam War. The USS Carl Vinson visited the port in 2018.  Washington’s strategic intent is more than obvious. It’s flexing its muscles in an attempt to provoke China. In addition to visiting Vietnam, the US Navy sailed a warship near Nansha Islands in the South China Sea on January 25 during China’s biggest annual holiday Spring Festival and…

Why Vietnam Edging Closer, but not too Close, to the United States

The United States sent its second aircraft carrier in as many years to Vietnam this week, shortly after toughening up its treatment of the Southeast Asian country’s economic prowess over concerns about the bilateral trade imbalance. Vietnam went along with both moves, yet didn’t play up either. Vietnam and the United States are growing closer, despite their bitter war 50 years ago, as both hope to check Beijing’s expansion in the South China Sea, analysts say. However, Vietnam’s communist political system and pursuit of a multicountry foreign policy rather than…

Why Vietnam Edging Closer, but not too Close, to the US | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – The United States sent its second aircraft carrier in as many years to Vietnam this week, shortly after toughening up its treatment of the Southeast Asian country’s economic prowess over concerns about the bilateral trade imbalance. Vietnam went along with both moves, yet didn’t play up either. Vietnam and the United States are growing closer, despite their bitter war 50 years ago, as both hope to check Beijing’s expansion in the South China Sea, analysts say. However, Vietnam’s communist political system and pursuit of a multicountry foreign…