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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Indo-Pacific Maritime Forces Kick off 18th SEACAT Exercise

August 20, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from 10 Indo-Pacific partner nations began the 18th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore, Aug. 19. The goal of the SEACAT exercise is to bring together regional partner nations to engage in “real world, real time” training designed to enhance partner nation ability to communicate, coordinate and counter illegal smuggling and piracy. The exercise emphasizes realistic training scenarios wherein exercise participants will practice identifying, tracking and boarding of vessels participating in the exercise. “This year, more…

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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Chinese survey ship withdrawn from Vietnamese waters: Foreign ministry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(VNA) – The Chinese survey ship that encroached upon Việt Nam’s continental shelf reportedly since early July has been withdrawn, Việt Nam’s authorities confirmed today.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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Japanese Coast Guard ship visits Đà Nẵng

July 25, 2019 – The Japanese coast guard training vessel KOJIMA, led by captain Hironobu Tonozaki with 87 crew members, started a four-day friendly visit to the central city of Đà Nẵng on Thursday. This is the ship’s fourth visit to the central city since 2013. The ship is expected to have exchanges with Việt Nam’s coast guard and the Đà Nẵng-based Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination centre during the visit. The Kojima’s visit is intended to promote understanding and friendship among the Vietnamese and Japanese coast guard forces. Việt…

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Coast guards bear heavy but glorious responsibility: PM

July 12, 2019 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc had a working session yesterday with the Việt Nam Coast Guard (VCG) High Command in Hà Nội, saying the force’s responsibility is “as heavy as it is glorious.” At the High Command’s headquarters, PM Phúc spoke to VCG officers and soldiers who serve on the country’s seas. He said he understood their hardships and asked the force to uphold their political steadfastness and to weather every difficulty so as to fulfil all their tasks. VCG Commander Lt. Gen. Nguyễn Văn…

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JS Izumo Visits Vietnam

June 14, 2019 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest destroyer is making a port call in southern Vietnam, amid China’s growing maritime presence in the region. The Izumo arrived at the strategically important Cam Ranh Bay on Friday following joint drills with the USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea. Vietnamese navy and local government officials welcomed Japanese officers. JMSDF Escort Flotilla 1 Commander Rear Admiral Hiroshi Egawa said, “Vietnam is a very important partner for Japan in ensuring the region’s peace and stability … especially for maintaining…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

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FS Forbin Visits Ho Chi Minh City

May 28, 2019 (VNS) – Forbin, an anti-air frigate of the French Naval Force led by Col. Thomas Frioli, docked at Sài Gòn-Hiệp Phước port on May 28, beginning a friendly visit to HCM City which will last until June 3. The French frigate’s visit is under the framework of the Việt Nam-France defence co-operation plan for 2019, contributing to promoting bilateral defence ties and strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations. During its visit, officers of the ship are scheduled to pay courtesy visits to leaders of the…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 Task Force deepens ties with Vietnam

May 7, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force is continuing its international engagement activities with the arrival of two ships in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle’s port call follows the recent signing in November of the Joint Vision Statement on enhancing defense cooperation with Vietnam, and upgrading of the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership in March 2018. These developments reflect the strength of the Australia-Vietnam relationship and our commitment to cooperating on areas of mutual interest. Commander of the IPE…

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China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise

A total of 13 naval vessels from China and Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Brunei, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, steam in formation in the waters off Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, during the maritime maneuver phase of the China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise on April 26, 2019. The three-day joint naval exercise, which concluded on April 27, focused on such subjects as formation maneuver, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), joint search and rescue and other 5 operations. Photos by Pu Haiyang.

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Indian Coast Guard ship makes port call to Vietnam

April 1, 2019 – An Indian Coast Guard ship has arrived in Vietnam for a four-day visit, with a major activity being a search and rescue exercise jointly carried out with local coast guard forces. VIJIT ship sailed into Tien Sa Port in central Da Nang on Monday, beginning a port call that lasts until Thursday. This visit is meant to foster the ties between the Indian Coast Guard and the Vietnam Coast Guard. It is the fourth time that an Indian Coast Guard vessel has been to Da Nang…

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Vietnamese Warship at LIMA 2019

March 26, 2019 – A Vietnamese warship docked in Malaysia Monday for an international maritime and aerospace exhibition and a joint naval exercise with ASEAN countries. The Gepard-class frigate HQ-012 Ly Thai To, built by Russia with advanced military equipment, docked at Langkawi Bay, northeast of Malaysia, after a long voyage of over 2,000 kilometers to join the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition, which takes place from March 26 to 31, the Hai Quan (Navy) newspaper reported. The frigate will join an international parade and a maritime exercise…

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Vietnam opposes China’s illegal observatory move

November 9, 2018 – China’s recent move to put into use observatories, that were built on structures it illegally constructed and renovated in the Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago, seriously violates Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the islands, said spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng. Hằng was responding to queries on Việt Nam’s response to China beginning to operate observatories on several structures in the Trường Sa archipelago at a foreign ministry press conference in Hà Nội yesterday. “Việt Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence…

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