House makes gesture of friendship ahead of Vietnam exec’s visit – Manila Bulletin

The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution seeking to effectively boost cooperation between the Philippines and Vietnam through the establishment of the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society. Vietnam National Assembly President Vuong Dinh Hue’s welcome banner outside the House of Representatives in Quezon City (Ellson Quismorio/ MANILA BULLETIN) House Resolution (HR) No. 571 was adopted by the plenary during session Monday night, Nov. 21. This gesture was done ahead of the Philippine visit of Vietnam National Assembly President Vuong Dinh Hue, who will be hosted by the House led by…

China stokes encirclement fear in next-door Vietnam

With a 3,200-kilometer coastline, it would seemingly be hard to feel claustrophobic. But Vietnam, which has skirmished with China for decades over contested borderlands and disputed territory in the South China Sea, now faces the prospect of being encircled by its giant northern neighbor.  For millennia, Vietnam has been aggressed from the north by China across their shared 1,297-kilometer border. The last war the two historical adversaries fought in the 1980s, the so-called Third Indochina War, saw Chinese forces launch numerous border incursions. To Vietnam’s east, China has occupied the…

Colorado woman shares family’s harrowing story of escape from Vietnam

All of this and more of their journey is depicted in Nguyen Forss’ self-published book called “Fleeing to Freedom.” She said it took several years to write and that she worked with a newspaper editor to verify all the information she got from her parents. “It was important for me to write it because I want my kids to know the sacrifices that my parents made to give us this beautiful life. Also, for my parents I wanted to document their sacrifice and the heroic things that they did and…

Vietnam asks World Meteorological Organization to remove ‘nine-dash line’

By Vu Anh  &nbspAugust 25, 2022 | 06:44 am PT A Vietnamese soldier stands guard on an island of the Truong Sa Archipelago, May 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan Vietnam has asked the World Meteorological Organization to respect its sovereignty in the East Sea by removing China’s infamous “nine-dash line.” The Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet Thursday that “Vietnam has repeatedly dismissed the so-called nine-dash line as well as other maritime statements that go against international laws and the United Nations Convention…

India, China are allies of Vietnam: outgoing Vietnamese envoy

India, Vietnam share same position on ongoing situation in Europe, says Pham Sanh Chau India, Vietnam share same position on ongoing situation in Europe, says Pham Sanh Chau Both India and China are comprehensive strategic partners of Vietnam and “we do not take sides”, said outgoing Vietnamese envoy in India Pham Sanh Chau. He said that India and Vietnam supported each other at the United Nations Security Council as non-permanent members and also share the same position, the “middle path or Buddha path” on the ongoing situation in Europe. In a conversation…

Vietnam opposes WMO using map with outlawed nine-dash line

Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Vietnam has repeatedly rejected the so-called nine-dash line, as well as maritime claims that run contrary to international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang told media workers at a press briefing in Hanoi on August 25. Vietnam maintains that all forms of propaganda, promotion and posting of contents and images that violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes, as well…

Vietnam requests humane treatment for arrested fishermen in Malaysia

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet that fishing vessel QNa 95005 TS, along with its 42 crew members, was intercepted by Malaysian authorities on June 11 for violating its fishing laws. The crew were arrested. Five fishermen, who were either underage or had underlying health conditions, have had their procedures completed by Malaysian authorities on July 14 so that they can return to Vietnam, she said. Vietnam has contacted Malaysia for information verification and provided support for the arrested fishermen. It has also requested…

To Guarantee Its Survival, Vietnam Needs to Look West – The Diplomat

Advertisement Where should the focus of Vietnam’s national security strategy lie in an age of rising Chinese power? In 2019, Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense released a defense white paper that put much emphasis on the South China Sea (SCS). Vietnam made clear that it was unhappy with China’s destabilizing behaviors in the SCS, referencing its “actions to unilaterally impose based on force disregarding international laws and militarization activities that change the status quo, violate Vietnam’s sovereignty.” The white paper also cautioned that “great-power competition is getting increasingly tense, making…

Vietnam requests Taiwan to cancel live fire drills at Spratly island

By Vu Anh  &nbspJuly 2, 2022 | 12:15 am PT An aerial view shows of Ba Binh, or Itu Aba Island, in the South China Sea, November 29, 2016. Photo by Reuters/Fabian Hamacher Vietnam said Taiwan “seriously violated” its sovereignty by carrying out a live-fire exercise in the vicinity of its Spratly Islands, called for its cancelation and warned against a repeat. “It is a serious violation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, threatens peace, stability, safety, and maritime security, and escalates tensions and complicates the situation in…