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Japan Protests as Beijing Flexes Muscles in South China Sea

Chinese coast guard vessels, air patrols and fishing fleets have re-asserted their disputed maritime claims in two distant areas Saturday, despite last month’s ruling by an international tribunal that their territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis. Japan filed a protest against China Saturday after saying it saw at least six […]

Vietnamese Fishing Association Dismisses China’s Threat to Jail Fishermen

A threat issued this week by China to jail foreign fishermen who enter disputed areas of the South China Sea prompted the head of an influential Vietnamese fishing organization on Thursday to dismiss the move and assert that fishermen will continue to work in those waters, with his country taking measures against China if necessary. […]

Who Supports China in the South China Sea and Why

The psychology behind global support for China’s South China Sea position: a desire to avoid war. The South China Sea arbitration case has elicited almost unanimous public opposition in China. Besides this, it has been reported that 66 countries worldwide have endorsed China’s position on the South China Sea. Yet that figure also caused controversy, […]

Vietnam: Series of attacks on political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives must be investigated

Three recent attacks on people who have been deliberately knocked off their motorbikes appear to be part of a wider series of attacks against political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives. Amnesty International urges the Viet Nam authorities to immediately and impartially investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice. Throughout July 2016, […]

International Court Ruling on China, Philippines Dispute Could Be Vital

An international tribunal will issue a ruling on Tuesday (July 12) on a territorial dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. Though the decision will not determine sovereignty of the territory in question, it could have wide-ranging implications for China’s sweeping claims in one of the world’s most important and bitterly […]

Wife of Vietnamese Arrested Prominent Dissident Detained after Foreign Trip

Vietnam’s security forces on July 6 reportedly detained Vu Minh Khanh, the wife of arrested human rights lawyer and political dissident Nguyen Van Dai, when she returned from abroad where she sought international support for his release, local activists have said. Mrs. Khanh, who went to the EU, the U.S. and other countries in April- […]

Vietnam Threatens to Impose More Severe Measures to Prevent Public Demonstrations

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security will apply more severe measures to prevent spontaneous demonstrations to ensure the country’s political stability amid rising social dissatisfaction, said Minister Senior Lieutenant General To Lam. The country’s security forces will work against “wrong opinions of reactionary groups” and ensure cyber security, said Gen. Lam who is a member of […]

Thailand’s Tiger Temple saga isn’t over yet

What could be more enticing to a visitor to Thailand: A tiger sanctuary run by Buddhist monks a few hours from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. But now the operators of the infamous Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple, known as the Tiger Temple and long suspected of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse, are […]

Junta Leader Assures Thailand ‘Will Return to Democracy’

SINGAPORE— The head of Thailand’s military-dominated junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha has defended seizing power two years ago to avoid further unrest “or even civil war.” Prayuth, who, as army commander-in-chief, led a bloodless coup in May 2014 and has since become prime minister, Friday told those attending a regional security summit, “I can assure you that […]

In historic move, U.S. lifts embargo on arms sales to Vietnam

HANOI — The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam, a decision that reflects growing concerns about China’s military clout and illustrates the warming bilateral ties between the former enemy nations. President Obama unveiled the new arrangement at a news conference […]

Vietnam Urges US to Lift Lethal Weapons Ban Amid S. China Sea Tensions

AUSTIN, TEXAS— Vietnam’s ambassador to the United States has called on President Barack Obama to fully lift a “lethal weapons” embargo on the Southeast Asian nation. Addressing the recent Vietnam War Summit in Austin, Texas, Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh said Obama’s planned visit this month only underscores the strength of U.S.-Vietnamese relations, and that a […]