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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Chinese vessels’ presence in East Sea reef violates Việt Nam’s sovereignty

March 26, 2021 – The presence of Chinese ships in Whitsun Reef in Trường Sa (Spratly) islands in the South China Sea constitutes a serious violation of Việt Nam’s sovereignty. Spokesperson for the Vietnamese foreign affairs ministry Lê Thị Thu Hằng made the comment on Thursday during a regular press briefing in Hà Nội the reports 220 Chinese vessels –…

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Vietnam, India defense cooperation plows ahead in Covid-19 times: envoy

Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kiltan docks in HCMC, December 2020. Photo by Hai Quan Newspaper. March 8, 2021 – Bilateral defense cooperation between Vietnam and India maintained a positive momentum in 2020 despite impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Pranay Verma, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam. “Both sides prudently adapted to the new situation and maintained the momentum of…

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China, Vietnam wrap up 29th joint patrol in Beibu Gulf

December 10, 2020 – The 29th joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf, conducted recently by the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command and the Vietnam People’s Navy according to relevant agreements and routine annual plans between the Chinese and Vietnamese armed forces, wrapped up successfully. China and Vietnam each sent two naval vessels to participate in this joint patrol. Drills focused…

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Vietnam Calls for Humane Treatment of Fishermen by China

November 4, 2020 (VNA) – Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyễn Quốc Dũng stressed the need to promote “dialogue and cooperation between ASEAN and China in ensuring just and humane treatment of fishermen,” especially those who are in danger, as a priority area of cooperation between the two sides. He made the statement at the “Workshop on Promoting Cooperation…

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Japan International Cooperation Agency Financing Six Coast Guard Ships for Vietnam

July 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi on July 28, targeting the “Marine Security Capacity Building Project” with a limit of ¥36,626 million. We signed (Loan Agreement: L/A). The South China Sea has a high risk of marine accidents…

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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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