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Vietnam hosts US, China navies

HANOI—A Chinese naval ship is visiting Ho Chi Minh City, state media said Wednesday, as the US and Vietnam continue a separate week-long naval exchange amid rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea  (South China Sea).

The Chinese vessel, which arrived in Vietnam’s southern port city Monday on a three-day visit, will carry out “professional exchanges to share experience and foster friendly relations,” the official Vietnam News Agency said.

In central Danang city, the US and Vietnam are on the third day of pre-planned “non-combatant” naval exchange activities, which will include disaster control training aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Chafee.

On Tuesday, Vietnam said it held indisputable sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands, responding to what it said was a new Chinese drive to implement “a nationwide plan for islands protection.”

The new plan “seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes” and China must “immediately cancel” the effort, said foreign ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi.

China and South Vietnam once administered different parts of the Paracels but after a brief conflict in 1974 Beijing took control of the entire group of islands.

Vietnam holds several of the larger Spratly Islands which China claims, and the neighboring countries have recently been locked in a string of diplomatic rows over their conflicting claims.

Most recently, a Vietnamese fisherman alleged that he had been beaten and kept in harsh conditions during seven weeks in Chinese detention for what Beijing said was illegal fishing off the Paracel Islands.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday urged a solution to the regional disputes in the West Philippine Sea.

“We look for a peaceful resolution of those differences in line with international law,” he told reporters in Hanoi.

China says it has sovereign rights to the West Philippine Sea, believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits, including areas close to the coastlines of other countries and hundreds of kilometers from its own landmass.

The disputed region is a key trading route for the US, which has opposed Beijing’s attempts to settle conflicting claims bilaterally, repeatedly calling instead for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

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Tags: China , Foreign affairs , South China Sea , Vietnam , West Philippine Sea

  • reddfrog

    Chinese and American ships in Vietnam. Vietnam is saying one thing and doing another. This proves that at the end of the day – each country will look after their own interest – doesn’t matter if it’s coming from the USA or from the Chinese. One thing is certain, the Philippines should not expect help from anyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Lone/100002679366072 John Lone

      Believe me, you will be suprise how much the vietnamese are with you if there a national poll now, I would say 95% of the vietnamese think of chinese are the threat to vietnam and the world. 95 percent of vietnamese are with you, they held very high regards for Filippinos people, friendly, and humbles.

      The vietnamese never forgot 1,000 of chinese domination and exploitation, they regard the chinese are the ancestral enemies.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    when there is a vietnam war before, the south vietnam was help by the US and the north vietnam, the vietcong, was help by the chinese thats why the US and the south viet were defeated by the north vietnam because of china…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YLWG4YNG33L4XV575V25SSZA64 kamandag

      magtagalog ka nalang dre kasi baka may pumintas sa grammar mo. PEACE !

      • GuestUzer

         umikot utak ko doon ah LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Lone/100002679366072 John Lone

      I am sorry to spoil your fun and lies Banana BS, China didn’t help much to Vietcong to fight the war with us, it was the Russian that helped Vietcong with all the important helps (Mig-17, 19,21,AK-47s, Tanks) to fight the South Vietnam. Vietcong won the war against us is beyond stressing the truth, in fact a total BS, you need to do more research and get the truth.

      You need get the fact straight and remember this, the Chinese warship visit Vietnam this time was uninvited and unwanted, Chinese was begging for Vietnamese permission to visit HCM city. It was the opposite case for us, Vietnamese asked us to be there and and join the War Game.

      You Chinese is unworthy, shrewd, sneaky, greedy, bully, filthy, and not trustworthy being. You chinese are half civilized creatures.

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