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 Got a New South China Sea Strategy

by Koh Swee Lean Collin / February 16, 2017 /

In 1287, Gen. Omar Khan of the Yuan Dynasty led a sizeable invasion force, including numerous war junks, against Dai Viet (present day Vietnam). With battle-hardened Mongols forming the vanguard, it seemed as if the campaign would be a walkover for China. But a naval battle the following year proved otherwise. In the estuary of the Bach Dang River near Ha Long Bay, Dai Viet general Tran Hung Dao repeated the feat accomplished by the earlier, celebrated general Ngo Quyen against the Southern Han Chinese invaders, back in the year 938. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Got a New South China Sea Strategy”

Vietnam and China: contingent cooperation, not capitulation

by  Andrew Chubb / 2 February 2017 / East Asia Forum

On 12 January, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in China for a lavish, well publicised four-day official visit.

Nguyen’s trip symbolised the significant improvement in Sino–Vietnamese relations since their nadir during the HYSY-981 oil rig confrontations in mid-2014. Hanoi’s subsequent suppression of nationalist protests marking the 19 January anniversary of China’s eviction of South Vietnamese forces from the Paracel Islands in 1974 has since confirmed the relative health of ties between the two party-states. Continue reading “Vietnam and China: contingent cooperation, not capitulation”

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”

Once comrades and brothers, China and Vietnam are going their own way down the socialist path

by Cary Huang / 20 September, 2016/ South China Morning Post

They are two among only a handful of nations to have survived the worldwide collapse of socialism in the 1990s.

But their common bond with Karl Marx does not always extend to bilateral relations. However, as President Xi Jinping (習近平) told visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week: “The communist leadership and socialist system are our greatest common strategic interests.” Continue reading “Once comrades and brothers, China and Vietnam are going their own way down the socialist path”