US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 8 has stressed the need for countries to work together in dealing with China's stepped-up activities in regional waters.
Global Times perversely declares East Sea (South China Sea) “fully within the grasp” of Chinese army
10:38 | 05/07/2020
The Global Times, a daily propaganda tabloid under the auspices of China Daily has unreasonably claimed that the Vietnam-sovereigned East Sea (South China Sea) is fully under the arm of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army amidst the US sent two air carriers and carrier strike groups joining in a drill in the area.
15:43 | 04/07/2020
The United States sent two aircraft carriers USS Reagan, USS Nimitz and a series of warships into the East Sea (South China Sea) from July 4 as a challenge message to China's growing military moves in the region with Chinese drills near Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
09:56 | 03/07/2020
The US Navy's 7th Fleet on July 2 said the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) coastal carrier carried out routine operations near China's fourth Geological Survey ship in the East Sea (South China Sea) while China’s military is implementing drills around Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
07:23 | 03/07/2020
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on June 2 voices Vietnam's strong opposition to Chinese military drills in Vietnam's territorial waters in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea).
16:34 | 02/07/2020
ASEAN and China have reaffirmed their commitments to fully and seriously implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon resuming negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
16:19 | 02/07/2020
A mobile exhibition showing the historical and legal evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos was opened in Huong Hoa district, the central province of Quang Tri on July 1.
17:12 | 01/07/2020
Australia will invest AUD 270 billion (USD 186.5 billion) over the next decade to upgrade its defense forces, buying long-range military assets that will be focused on the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on July 1.
06:53 | 01/07/2020
The United States has welcomed the statement by members of the ASEAN countries that South China Sea disputes should be resolved in line with the international law, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo recently tweeted (local time).
China to start military drills around disputed Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands - What are its intentions?
12:10 | 29/06/2020
China's Maritime Safety Administration on Sunday announced plans to carry out military drills around the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in the East Sea (South China Sea), an area over which China claims its Vietnam-owned sovereignty. The announcement prohibits all shipping in the area for five days from July 1, according to the asia.nikkei.com.
14:37 | 27/06/2020
The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam's East Sea Institute General Director Nguyen Hung Son, has warned about China's increasing activity in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea) in an interview with Japan's public broadcaster NHK.
07:13 | 26/06/2020
The Philippines strongly opposed plans by China to declare an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on air space above the South China Sea (called the East Sea in Vietnam), Manila’s defense chief said on June 25.
14:41 | 25/06/2020
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi on June 24 said that negotiations with China on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (called the East Sea in Vietnam), delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, should resume soon to ease tensions in the region, reported Japan's Kyodo News.
16:29 | 23/06/2020
The Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr said on June 22 that China had "consolidated and weaponized" the Scarborough Shoal in the East Sea (also called South China Sea). In a wide-ranging television interview, Teodoro Locsin Jnr also discussed China’s occupation of the Scarborough Shoal and US freedom of navigation.
06:20 | 14/06/2020
The Vietnam Fisheries Society has strongly objected to China's actions after Chinese ships rammed and sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat by near Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea).
06:29 | 12/06/2020
Countries need to act responsibly, not complicate the situation, and contribute to preserving peace and security in the East Sea, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang made the call while responding to questions regarding China placing undersea cables in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, at the ministry’s regular press conference on June 11.
07:18 | 11/06/2020
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on June 9 annouced the Philippines plans to spend 1.3 billion pesos (USD 26 million) to build more structures on Thitu Island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spartly) Islands, now claimed and occupied illegally by the Philippines, Bloomberg reported.
Satellite images show China's illegal working on undersea cables in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands
08:07 | 10/06/2020
Vessel tracking software and satellite imagery appear to show a Chinese ship laying illegally underwater cables between outposts in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes in the East Sea (known internationally as the South China Sea), the UK-based Daily Express reported on June 9.
Indonesia rejects China’s offer for East Sea talks, says ‘Nine-Dash Line’ puts its interests at risk
05:56 | 09/06/2020
Indonesia recently rejected a Chinese offer for negotiations on the South China Sea (called the East Sea in Vietnam), as Jakarta reiterated that it had no overlapping claims with Beijing in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia’s economic interests are threatened by China’s Nine-Dash Line.
05:24 | 09/06/2020
Four years, after the historic ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (the “PCA” or “Tribunal”) on the dispute between the Philippines and China relating to South China Sea issues in July 2016, some ASEAN members and the US has approached the United Nations, demanding for implementation of the PCA’s unanimous verdict as China consistently refused to accept the Ruling.
15:38 | 07/06/2020
Emeritus professor Carl Thayer, one of the world's leading South China Sea specialists, has said that the US Note Verbale to the United Nations was aimed at challenging Chinese sovereignty claims and winning over littoral states who are being bullied by China.