Izumo arrives in Vietnam – The Japan News

Jiji Press HANOI (Jiji Press) — Two destroyers of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, including the Izumo helicopter flattop, arrived at Cam Ranh International Port in southern Vietnam on Friday. The MSDF ships’ visit to the key strategic Vietnamese port relatively near the disputed Spratly and the Parcel islands in the South China Sea is aimed at highlighting defense cooperation between Japan and Vietnam and deterring China’s militarization of the sea, observers said. The Izumo anchored in Cam Ranh Bay for the second time, after its first visit there two years…

Vietnam asks China to respect its sovereignty in South China Sea – ANN

Diplomacy Taiwan expresses support, solidarity with Hong Kong Taiwan advocacy groups call for retaliation against Hong Kong extradition bill. Dozens of civic groups in Taiwan called on the government on June 11 to adopt concrete regulations in response to Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill, suggesting tighter controls on investments from Hong Kong and visits by its civil servants, for example. In a statement issued ahead of the expected second reading of the bill Wednesday, the groups urged the Taiwan government to submit a countermeasure proposal to the Legislative Yuan…

We will never forget their heroic sacrifice – Sunday – Features – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  WAVES OF EMOTION: An incense-burner floats off the Trường Sa (Spratly) Archipelago with Gạc Ma (Johnson South) Reef on the background in commemoration of 64 naval soldiers who died while fighting to protect the reef from Chinese invaders in 1988. VNS Photos Hồng Minh By Hồng Minh Memorial ceremonies are always emotional. And the emotions are sure to bubble up in a stronger and more special way when the ceremonies take place at spots where the martyrs spent their final minutes. For many travellers who…

Vietnam urges countries to abide by laws as US proposes sanctions in South China Sea

Countries need to strictly fulfill their responsibilities under international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday. All sides need to make positive contributions to the maintenance of peace, security, safety, maritime and aviation freedom in the East Sea, she said. Hang was responding to a press question about U.S. senators reintroducing legislation last month committing the government to punish Chinese individuals and entities involved in “illegal and dangerous” activities in the South and East…

Ca Voi Xanh Field, South China Sea, Offshore Vietnam

Ca Voi Xanh is a natural gas field situated in block 118 of the South China Sea. Also known as the Blue Whale field, it is the biggest gas field discovered offshore Vietnam. The Ca Voi Xanh gas field is being developed by a joint venture of PetroVietnam, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) and ExxonMobil, which will also serve as the operator. Announced in 2017, the project is planned to be developed with an estimated investment of $10bn, the final decision on which will be taken in 2020. First oil…

Vietnam defense minister calls for cooperation to solve South China Sea disputes

Lich addressed the Asian premier defense dialogue Shangri-La by pointing to high risks of conflicts in the South China Sea, which he calls an area that hosts all kinds of competition from economy to military and foreign affairs. He called for countries to comply with international laws, to act with responsibility and good will to make the waters “one peaceful area of development and cooperation.” Lich had met with China Defense Minister Wei Fenghe a few days earlier in Hanoi and they both agreed that Vietnam and China had differences…

Vietnam Is the Chinese Military’s Preferred Warm-Up Fight

At some point, the Chinese military will need to test its new capabilities – and Vietnam is likely the preferred adversary. In mid-April, China conducted a series of fresh military flights through the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, on the south and north ends of Taiwan, respectively. As has been the case many times in the past, these new activities were clearly meant to signal Beijing’s resolve to resort to force against the island and its U.S. and allied defenders if necessary. But there is another, less often discussed reason…

Japan, Vietnam Teaming up to Resist China Expansion

TAIPEI —  Japan is helping Vietnam build a defense against the larger, more militarily powerful China as Vietnam says Beijing’s forces are occupying more than their legal share of the South China Sea. Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Vietnamese counterpart, Ngo Xuan Lich, met May 3 to “advance cooperation” on maritime security, Tokyo-based NHK television online said. In October, the ministers met in Tokyo to discuss issues surrounding the South China Sea. They signed a “defense cooperation and exchange” memorandum that prescribed regular vice ministerial-level talks, the Japanese…