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Vietnam on June 23 strongly opposed China’s illegal military exercise in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago as a serious violation of its sovereignty in the East Sea.

FM spokesperson reacts to Australian aircraft interception by China in East Sea

All countries should adhere to international law, the 1982 UNCLOS and regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang has said.

Vietnam highlights vital importance of security and safety in East Sea

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Deputy Minister of National Defense led a Vietnamese delegation to attend the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials' Meeting Plus (ADSOM Plus) held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 18.

Ministry rejects China’s fishing ban on Vietnamese waters

China’s fishing ban on waters within Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign right, and jurisdiction in the East Sea is valueless, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in a recent document sent to coastal localities.

Vietnam Fisheries Society opposes China’s East Sea fishing ban

The Vietnam Fisheries Society on May 4 voiced its strong opposition to China’s unilateral fishing ban in the East Sea, known internationally as South China Sea.

China demanded to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago

Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang emphasised the demand that China respect Vietnam’s sovereignty while replying to reporters’ question about China’s three-month fishing ban in the East Sea, including the waters of Vietnam, on April 29.

5 years after the PCA ruling, and the war of diplomatic notes

Since late 2019, there were more than 30 diplomatic notes, letters and statements from 13 countries inside and outside the East Sea region referring to positions and views on a number of legal issues in the East Sea.

Tom Holland's Uncharted banned from Vietnamese cinemas for depicting Chinese map

The Vietnam Film Authority has announced to pull Tom Holland's Uncharted from cinemas over a scene featuring a map that shows China's unilaterally declared ‘nine-dash line’ in the East Sea.

Vietnam resolutely opposes and demands Taiwan to cancel illegal live-fire drill

Vietnam resolutely opposes and demands Taiwan to cancel its live-fire exercises in the waters around Ba Binh island belonging to Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and not to repeat similar actions in the future.

China requested to respect Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, continental shelf

Vietnam requests China to respect and not violate Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, and not take actions to complicate the situation.

Vietnam may be affected by 4-6 storms in 2022

It is forecast that in 2022, about 10-12 storms and tropical depressions may appear in the East Sea, of which 4-6 storms will directly affect Vietnam’s mainland.

The essence of China's 'soft power'

American expert on international relations Joseph Nye said that the power of a country, besides "hard power" including military force, population, geography, and strategic resources, also includes "soft power".

Tasting water morning glory with dracontomelon soup in Truong Sa, connecting with compatriots

Floating on the sea, with no wifi and no telecommunication waves, people on journeys to Truong Sa (Spratly Islands) and DK1 Rigs can find common ground with Vietnamese citizens.

Overseas Vietnamese act as ‘swallows’ bringing news about Truong Sa to international friends

Hieu Constant, a writer in France, says overseas Vietnamese people are willing to become “swallows” to bring information to people who don’t have an opportunity to visit Truong Sa.

Vietnam denies information on maritime militia building

The information from a Chinese military magazine confirming Vietnam is building a maritime militia is untrue, and Vietnam completely denies it.

Vietnam opposes East Sea claims inconsistent with international law: spokesperson

Vietnam always opposes and does not accept all claims in the East Sea that are inconsistent with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said on January 14.

2021: China asserts power in East Sea

China has stepped up the legal war by internalizing the law and increasing the presence of its maritime law enforcement forces and maritime militia to strengthen its claims in the East Sea and reject the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling 2016.

Five years of PCA's ruling: no such thing as ‘power creating justice’

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)'s ruling has been an irrevocable part of history. It will act as a “guide” for countries involved in the struggle for an order based on rules and not on “force creating justice.”


Naval soldiers who died on southern continental shelf commemorated

A ceremony was held at Platform DK1/9 of Naval Region 2 on January 10 to pay tribute to soldiers who laid down their lives on Vietnam’s southern continental shelf.

The East Sea in US-China competition in 2021

The year 2021 was a turning point year in competition in the East Sea, between the countries inside and outside the region and China.