Vietnamese Brewery Names Beers After Disputed South China Sea Islands

Two Vietnamese craft beers named after disputed islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Michael Tatarski A brewery in Vietnam has waded into one of the most contentious maritime disputes in the world by naming craft beers after islands claimed by China in a hops-flavored act of patriotism guaranteed to irritate Beijing. While several countries in Asia lay claim to various remote shoals, reefs and outcrops in the resource-rich South China Sea, Vietnam and China’s competing claims over the Spratly and Paracel Islands may be the most heated, leading to…

Aquino to fly to Palawan for Navy show of force

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III is set to fly to Palawan on Tuesday to witness a military show of force amid the country’s raging territorial dispute with Beijing, which is claiming around 80 percent of the South China Sea. The “capability demonstration” will be held by the Naval Forces West (NFW), described as the Philippine Navy’s “primary operational command securing the West Philippine Sea.” It will be part of the Navy’s 116th anniversary celebration, which will be held in the naval operating forces for the first time. It is meant…