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Weekly News 18/8-24/8

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-(Vietnamplus 21/8) Vietnam condemns inhuman acts against fishermen: Vietnam strongly condemns inhumane actions against its fishermen operating legally in the country’s waters, said Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Le Hai Binh at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on August 21.

-(The New York Times 21/8) New Map Shows China’s True Expanse, General Says: Two new maps being issued in China this summer are stirring debate across Asia.


Weekly News 11/8-17/8

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-(Vietnamplus 15/8) All relevant countries invited to sea forums in Hanoi: Vietnam will host an ASEAN Sea Forum and an ASEAN Sea Forum Plus in late August and invite relevant countries regardless ASEAN or non-ASEAN nations to take part, said Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh.

-(VOV 14/8) Vietnamese FM spokesperson condemns China’s East Sea book printing: Vietnam asserts its indisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos, and China’s decision to print the book cannot distort this naked truth, Binh told reporters at a press briefing in Hanoi on August 14th


Weekly News 4/8-10/8

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-(Vietnamnet 8/8) Vietnam decries China’s illegal activities on Paracel islands: Vietnam has repeatedly asserted its undisputable sovereignty over the two archipelagoes- Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly). –(VOV 8/8) ASEAN to deliberate maritime security and safety in East Sea

-(Reuters 8/8) U.S. to press South China Sea freeze despite China rejection: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, at a meeting with Southeast Asian nations this weekend, will press for a voluntary freeze on actions aggravating territorial disputes in the South China Sea, in spite of Beijing's rejection of the idea. –(Vietnamplus 7/8) ASEAN senior officials agree on AMM-47 agenda


Weekly News 28/7-3/8

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-(Reuters 1/8) Japan offers vessels to Vietnam to boost its sea strength: Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the South China Sea, Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China.

-(Nhandan 1/8) Vietnam calls on parties to not complicate South China Sea issue: All actions taken by parties in the South China Sea must abide by international law, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said on July 31 in reply to a question on China’s on-going military exercise in the Gulf of Tonkin from July 27th-August 1st


Weekly News 21/7-27/7

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-(PhilStar 25/7) US: South China Sea tension 'a little' toned down: The territorial row between China and its neighbors, including the Philippines, over the South China Sea has become less intense in the past weeks, the US Department of State said Friday. –(The Jakarta Post 25/7) Let’s make Asia Pacific peaceful: RI tells Chinese general

-(National Interest 25/7) China's Big Course Correction in the South China Sea? Washington should at least explore whether a serious rapprochement with China can be pursued.


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