The United States has allocated more than $120 million in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea. Jose Cuisia, Manila's ambassador to Washington, said Manila was also in talks with the United States to acquire a fourth Hamilton-class cutter to strengthen the Philippine capability to patrol the waters. "We got the largest-ever allocation from the U.S. government this year to enhance defense and security of our country," he told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Manila. Cuisia said Manila received $79 million in annual military aid this year compared to about $50 million in 2015. He said Manila would get an additional $42 million from the new U.S. Southeast Asia Maritime Initiative, a maritime capacity-building program announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who is visiting Manila next week. The two amounts represent the … [Read more...] about Philippines gets U.S. military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute World
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VietNamNet Bridge – The follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau explains why the East Sea, from the name Giao Chi (Jiaozhi) Sea in the 14th century, was mistakenly noted by Western people as the South China Sea. From the Giao Chi sea to the U-shape line The East Sea disputes In the article “From the East Sea to the U-shape Line”, researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau clarified that in ancient maps of Chinese people; the East Sea was named Giao Chi Sea, Great East Sea or Southeastern Sea.From this aspect, a question emerges. Why the Giao Chi Sea (14th century) was mistakenly called by Western people as the South China Sea as today? We would like to introduce the follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau to answer this question. From the utmost antiquity to the 14th century, ancient people thought that the globe had only three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Perhaps the pioneer for this is Greek geographer Ptolemeo who drew the world map with three continents … [Read more...] about Why the East Sea became the South China Sea?
A group of Chinese warships on Monday led by the country's sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. The carrier group has passed south of Taiwan, the island's Defence Ministry said of what China has termed a routine exercise. The move comes amid renewed tension over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, ineligible for state-to-state relations, following U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's telephone call with the island's president that upset Beijing. The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier has taken part in previous exercises, including some in the South China Sea, but China is years away from perfecting carrier operations similar to those the United States has practised for decades. Taiwan's Defence Ministry said the carrier, accompanied by five vessels, passed southeast of the Pratas Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan, heading southwest. The carrier group earlier passed 90 nautical miles south of Taiwan's … [Read more...] about Chinese carrier enters South China Sea amid renewed tension
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang warned on Tuesday there would be no winners in any armed conflict sparked by territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Quang, who is on a state visit to Singapore, told a forum that recent developments there were threatening regional security. The Vietnamese leader did not mention any country but there is growing unease over China's actions. China, which claims most of the South China Sea, has reclaimed reefs and built airstrips capable of hosting military equipment, sparking anger from competing claimants. "The East Sea, located at the heart of Southeast Asia, not only brings about many important benefits to nations in the region but it is also a vital route to maritime and air transport of the world," Quang said, using the Vietnamese name of the sea. But "recent worrying developments" there "have had a negative impact on the security environment of the region, especially maritime security and safety, freedom of navigation and overflight". "And … [Read more...] about Vietnam says all will lose in any South China Sea war Politics
Hoabinhtourist & Convention Co.Ltd is honored to be the logistics organizer of The 6thSouth China Sea International Conference entitled "Cooperation for Regional Security and Development" in Danang, Vietnam on November 17th-18th2014. The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association (VLA), the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS) and Hoabinhtourist & Convention jointly hold the 6th South China Sea International Conference aimed at providing scholars, policymakers and other stakeholders with a special opportunity to assess the current situation in the South China Sea from an interdisciplinary perspective; considering and discussing measures to maintain peace and stability in the area while promoting regional cooperation. It attracts the participation of more than 200 participants including around 70 international participants who are scholars or government officials from over 30 countries, territories and international institutions; and over 80 … [Read more...] about The 6th South China Sea International Conference be held in Danang on November 17th-18th