Saudis Chinese counterpart conduct Exercise Blue Sword 2019 in Jeddah

November 17, 2019 – The Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Special Forces of the Western Fleet in Jeddah, and its counterpart of the Chinese People’s Navy carried out today a mixed naval exercise titled “Blue Sword 2019”, in the presence of the Commander of the Western Fleet Vice Admiral Faleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Faleh and the Chinese Military Attaché to the Kingdom, Senior Colonel Lin Li, at King Faisal Naval Base. The exercise aims at building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy…

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China Donates Five Patrol Craft to Ecuador

Statement from Chinese Embassy in Ecuador On October 31, 2019, my handover of the unpaid military aid material to Ecuador was held at the Coast Guard Command Square in the southern base of the Guayaquil Naval. Ambassador Chen Guoyou signed a handover certificate with Ecuadorian Defense Minister Osvaldo Harlem. The commander-in-chief of the Allied Commander Lieutenant General Lala, the commander of the Navy, Major General Darwin Haring, the Commander of the Army, Major General Altamirano, and the Tufa Super Military Officer of our library attended the ceremony. Ambassador Chen said…

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U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Military Style Inflatable Boats and Evinrude Military Outboard Motors to China

November 1, 2019 – Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida announce the return of an indictment today of four individuals, including two Chinese nationals, an active-duty United States Navy officer, and his wife, on charges relating to a conspiracy to unlawfully smuggle military-style inflatable boats, with Evinrude MFE military outboard motors, to the People’s Republic of China. The Navy officer and two other defendants have also been charged with conspiring to violate firearms law, and the Navy officer…

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Spokesperson answers query on Chinese ships’ exit from Vietnamese waters

October 25, 2019 – Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng on Friday once again stressed Việt Nam’s request that relevant parties not repeat violations of the country’s waters while answering reporters’ question regarding a group of Chinese ships’ withdrawal from Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. Responding to a question about the Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort ships’ exit from Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, the spokesperson noted Việt Nam had repeatedly stated that all activities that are not permitted…

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China and Thailand Sign shipbuilding Agreement for Type 071E LPD

September 11, 2019 – China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and the Royal Thai Navy held the signing ceremony of the shipbuilding agreement on exporting Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) in Beijing on Sept 9. This is the first time for China to export abroad amphibious transport dock, or dock landing ship, and also marks a major achievement between China and Thailand in comprehensive strategic cooperation, which is of great significance for the further deepening of China-Thailand military trade cooperation and promotion of regional peace and stability. Leaders from relevant…

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China confirms wreck site of battleship from First Sino-Japanese War

September 2, 2019 – Chinese archeologists said Monday they have confirmed the wreck site of a Chinese battleship sunk in the Yellow Sea by the invading Japanese fleet in 1894. An archaeological team has also retrieved more than 150 shipwrecked relics from the Dingyuan Battleship, the flagship vessel of the Beiyang Fleet of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) sunk in the First Sino-Japanese War, according to a seminar held on Liugong Island, Shandong Province. The discovery came after two months of an underwater survey jointly carried out by the Underwater Cultural…

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Foreign scholars condemn China’s bullying behaviour in East Sea

August 31, 2019 – China is engaged in a long-term and consistent campaign of coercing Southeast Asian countries to abandon their legitimate rights in the East Sea, according to an American scholar. Tension escalated since the Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels returned to Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) earlier this month. China’s behaviour had become more challenging as the country had deployed more ships to the East Sea than before, said Gregory B Poling, Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) and a…

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China Escalates Coercion Against Vietnam’s Longstanding Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

August 26, 2019 – The Department of Defense is greatly concerned by China’s continued efforts to violate the rules-based international order throughout the Indo-Pacific. Recently, China resumed its coercive interference in Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), directly contradicting Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe’s pledge at the Shangri-La Dialogue that China would “stick to the path of peaceful development.” China’s actions stand in contrast to the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in which all nations, large and small,…

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China asked to withdraw ships from Việt Nam’s territorial waters

August 16, 2019 – Việt Nam has made contact with China to oppose its repeated serious violations and demand the country withdraw its survey vessel group Haiyang Dizhi 8 and escort ships out of Việt Nam’s territorial waters, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Lê Thị Thu Hằng said yesterday. Hang made the statement while answering reporters’ queries regarding the return of survey vessel group Haiyang Dizhi 8 to Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. The spokeswoman cited information from competent agencies as saying that the Chinese vessel group and…

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UNCLOS 1982 remains a framework for legal order for the seas and oceans

August 9, 2019 – The year 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982) and also the 25th year since Việt Nam ratified the convention. On June 23, 1994, the National Assembly of Việt Nam adopted the Resolution ratifying the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This year marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of UNCLOS and the ratification and deposit of the instrument of ratification by Việt Nam with the…

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Chinese survey ship withdrawn from Vietnamese waters: Foreign ministry

August 8, 2019 (VNA) – The Chinese survey ship that encroached upon Việt Nam’s continental shelf reportedly since early July has been withdrawn, Việt Nam’s authorities confirmed today. “According to the information we have obtained, on the afternoon of August 7, the Haiyang Di Zhi 08 (Marine Geology 8) survey vessel has halted its geological mission and left Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone and southeastern continental shelf, which are determined in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Lê Thị Thu…

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Việt Nam Statement on Chinese Actions at Prince Consort Bank

July 29, 2019 – No country has the right to arrogantly and callously ask Việt Nam to stop exploring oil and gas fields in waters where Việt Nam holds sovereignty and sovereign rights, says the Vietnam News Agency Tư Chính reef (internationally known as Vanguard Bank) is located in Việt Nam’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and completely belongs to the country, defined in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS). According to the 1982 UNCLOS’s Article 56, in their exclusive economic zones,…

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Taiwan Responds to Public Concern Over PLAN Liaoning

July 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – In response to media reports that “the Chinese military exercise, some of which transcend the central line of the strait” and “the Liaoning may cross the Taiwan Strait for military activities”, the Ministry of National Defense said today (29) that Lu’s retired major and the headquarters announced the definition of the central line of the strait. The cognition is wrong. The contents of the relevant military activities of the CCP are related to national security. If it is not publicly announced without any verification,…

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Taiwan Statement on USS Antietam Transit of Taiwan Strait

July 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of National Defense said today (25) that a US warship (USS Antietam) sailed through the Taiwan Strait from south to north from the southwestern waters of China. The Ministry of National Defense pointed out that the US ship is free to sail through the Taiwan Strait, and the National Army uses the joint ISR as the whole process to grasp the dynamics of the surrounding sea and airspace in China. There is no abnormality during the period, and the people of the…

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