China, Russia Nearing Status as U.S. Nuclear Peers, Stratcom Commander Says

July 30, 2020 – For the first time, the United States will face two peer competitors with nuclear capabilities — China and Russia — by the end of this decade, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said. Speaking today at the Nuclear Deterrence Forum sponsored by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute, Navy Adm. Charles A. Richard discussed the rapid…

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Viet Nam reaffirms sovereignty over Spratly and Paracels islands

July 16, 2020 – Viet Nam has a full legal foundation and historical evidence to back up its sovereignty claims over the Trưong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands and calls for all countries to respect international law. The foreign ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hang made the remarks during Thursday’s press briefing in response to Chinese foreign spokeswoman…

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U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

July 13, 2020 – The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them. In…

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Việt Nam protests illegal Chinese military drill on Paracel Islands

July 2, 2020 – Việt Nam has issued a note to China to protest an illegal military drill conducted on islands that rightfully belong to Việt Nam. Foreign ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng informed the media of the action on Thursday during a press briefing held in Hà Nội. “Việt Nam has had exchanges with the Chinese side and…

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FCC Designates Huawei and ZTE as National Security Threats

June 30, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today took a major step in its ongoing efforts to protect U.S. communications networks from security risks. Specifically, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau formally designated two companies—Huawei Technologies Company (Huawei) and ZTE Corporation (ZTE), as well as their parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries—as covered companies for purposes of the agency’s November 2019…

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Việt Nam Requests China Investigate Hoàng Sa Incident

June 14, 2020 – Việt Nam has asked China to investigate the incident where Chinese vessels seriously disrupted a Vietnamese fishing boat in Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago’s waters on June 10. Relevant agencies said Việt Nam’s fishing boat QNg 96416 TS was moving about seven nautical miles to the south of Lincoln Island when a steel vessel plated 4006 (allegedly…

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Vietnamese Fishing Vessel Sunk By Chinese Coast Guard

April 4, 2020 (VNA) – Vietnam has lodged an official complaint with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel near the former’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said on April 3. The Vietnamese vessel, number QNg 90617 TS, with eight fishermen on board, was fishing near Phu Lam…

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Hayward Resident Sentenced to Four Years for Acting as an Agent of China

March 17, 2020 – Xuehua (Edward) Peng aka Edward Peng was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison, and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine for acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) in connection with a scheme to conduct pickups known as “dead drops” and transport Secure Digital (SD) cards from…

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