Viet Nam Asks China to Cease Militarization in South China Sea

Viet Nam on Thursday asked China to end its militarization in the South China Sea in violation of Viet Nam’s territories and to refrain from escalating tensions. Phạm Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, made the remarks during a regular press briefing, in response to a question over US reports of China having…

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Spratly Islands Must Be a Stronghold Says Viet Nam

Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has ordered Khánh Hòa Province to build Trường Sa (Spratly) Islands into a socio-economic and cultural center on the sea as well as a “solid stronghold” to protect Việt Nam’s sovereignty. The head of the government spoke at a meeting on Sunday during his fieldwork trip to the locality. The province’s report showed that in…

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Vietnam Demands Taiwan Cancel “Illegal” Live Fire Drill

Việt Nam resolutely opposes and demands Taiwan to cancel its live-fire exercises in the waters around Ba Bình island belonging to Việt Nam’s Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago and not to repeat similar actions in the future, spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng said on March 11. Answering reporters’ query on Việt Nam’s response to…

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China Cries Foul as USS Benfold Demonstrates FONOP in Spratley Islands

On Sept. 8, USS Benfold (DDG 65) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea. USS Benfold demonstrated that Mischief Reef, a low-tide elevation in its natural state, is not entitled to a territorial sea under international law. The…

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Việt Nam resolutely rejects China’s unilateral fishing ban

April 30, 2021 – Vice Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Đoàn Khắc Việt underlined Việt Nam’s objection to China’s recent fishing ban while detailing Việt Nam’s viewpoints on several issues related to the East Sea (South China Sea) at the ministry’s regular press conference on Thursday. Replying to a question about reports the Chinese coastguard declared it will…

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Communist China Slams European Naval Deployments to the South China Sea

April 26, 2021 – Concerning the EU’s statement on the South China Sea, a spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) said on April 24 that the destabilizing factors and security risks in the South China Sea mainly come from outside the region, and the South China Sea should not become a tool for certain countries to…

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PLA Navy improves water supply for remote radar stations

March 3, 2021 – A naval radar brigade under the PLA Eastern Theater Command has successively solved water supply problems for its seven radar companies stationed in mountains and islands through such ways as seawater desalination, accessing to municipal water supply, and installation of water purification systems since last year. “The purified fresh water is really sweet!” said Master Sergeant…

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USS Russell Conducts FONOP in Spratly Islands

February 17, 2021 – Today, USS Russell (DDG 59) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims…

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USS Ralph Johnson Tours Spratly Islands

July 14, 2020 – USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) operated in the Spratly Islands, July 14. This freedom of navigation operation upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea, recognized in international law, by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea threaten the freedom…

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