Vietnam’s Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Maritime Claims Against China

Ralph Jennings / April 6, 2018

Vietnam is quietly fostering a state-supported fishing boat militia to hold off China at sea even as the two sides talk formally about easing their sovereignty dispute, according to experts who follow the issue. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Fishing ‘Militia’ to Defend Maritime Claims Against China”


Vietnam’s Area Denial Strategy and the South China Sea Dispute

by Nicolas Jouan / February 1, 2017 / Geopolitical Monitor

In October 2016, U.S. Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, advocated in a ground-breaking article the demise of A2/AD (Anti-Access/Area Denial) as a stand-alone term. According to him, the term became so widely used that it had lost any kind of empiricist accuracy. Not only have international observers become more shy in using the acronym since then, but one could also argue that A2/AD does not fit the evolving security situation in the South China Sea (SCS) anymore, where it was extensively used in the first place. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Area Denial Strategy and the South China Sea Dispute”

Is Vietnam Reigniting a Fire in the South China Sea?

By Nguyen Quoc-Thanh / November 29, 2016 / The Diplomat

With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to reset ties with China, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s decision to put his country in the Chinese orbit, the situation all around Vietnam is evolving very rapidly. China also signed agreements for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with Cambodia in mid-October, not to mention their joint military exercisescheduled for December. Together, these rapprochements are seen by the Vietnamese as coming at the expense of their country, which is now “isolated” by land and sea. Continue reading “Is Vietnam Reigniting a Fire in the South China Sea?”