US Navy warships, on two occasions in the past few days, have sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Russian naval rescue ship Igor Belousov will join Vietnamese vessels for drills in the South China Sea next month.
The U.S. announced Wednesday it will provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter, boosting Hanoi’s ability to patrol its waters amid tensions with China.
Vietnam and China will control and resolve conflicts on the South China Sea in an appropriate manner, the deputy foreign ministers of both countries have agreed.
Vietnam has dismissed outright the territorial claims over its Spratly Islands made recently by a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.
Experts query the government’s ability to raise funds for a proposed VND100 trillion ($4.3 billion) railroad line to the China border and its requirement.
China backs its outrageous territorial claims with a cunning and persistent strategy to ensure they register in people’s minds.
A U.S. envoy denounced Chinese “intimidation” in the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders on Monday.
China is ready to work with Southeast Asian countries for long term peace and stability in the South China Sea, Chinese premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday after meeting ASEAN leaders.
China should respect Vietnam’s legitimate marine economic activities without interference, the Vietnamese PM has told his Chinese counterpart.