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    Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

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    China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan's Maritime Safety Administration. Vietnam has overlapping claims with China over the Paracels. Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea.

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    HANOI/MANILA: Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China's holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing's relationship with its neighbours.

    Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China's exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were "highly provocative", while Vietnam's Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be "detrimental" to Beijing's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a JuneID27 announcement by the Hainan's Maritime Safety Administration. Vietnam has overlapping claims with China over the Paracels.

    Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea and its disregard for boundaries outlined in international maritime law.

    China claims historical jurisdiction over about 80% of the sea.

    Hanoi and Manila warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at an ASEAN summit last Friday, amid concern, including from the United States, that China was using the cover of the coronavirus pandemic to step up naval activities and advance its territorial claims.

    Even though the Philippines has no claim to the Paracels, Lorenzana said China holding exercises beyond its own waters was not acceptable.

    "That is very concerning, we view that with alarm," he told a security forum.

    "Doing it in the contested areas then that will, you know, sound the alarm bells for all the claimants," he said.

    "That's highly provocative," he added.

    Vietnam's Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to China to oppose exercises that "seriously violate Vietnam's sovereignty", spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular briefing.

    The drills "further complicate the situation, and are detrimental to the relationship between China and ASEAN", she said.

    Vietnam said in April that one of its fishing boats was sunk by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel. China called Vietnam's maritime claims illegal and "doomed to fail".
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Vaithianathan R M41 days ago
    In ASEAN, Cambodia and Laos, are simply YES men, to China advancing its claims in the South China Sea. Laos does not have a sea borde, but both Cambodia and Laos are dependent on Chinese money to survive. Cambodia is literally a vassal state of China, as Hun Sen is a former Khmer Rouge protege, who is a life time head of state. Thailand is a bystander in this scenario. Only Vietnam, Philippines have the guts to speak out and others like, to some extent Indonesia and Malaysia have dimly voiced out their opposition. China's so called historical claims are untenable in these occupied and unoccupied sandbars and islets. As this waterway is an important trade route, China's unilateral militarization shows its belligerence and depicts its total disregard of international conventions and laws. Power is might, is a tendency, which all free nations, must NIP In THE BUD. One forum participant recommended re-naming South China Sea, as the Blue Sea or by another name like Free Trade Sea, so no one can boss around in these peaceful waters. If China's hegemony is let to prevail, then China will impose an air traffic control zone, which they are partially doing now and also claim without sweat, all the oil, gas and sea bed minerals in this area. THIS MUST STOP, IS THE UNITED NATIONS SLEEPING. QUADplus should take cognizance of this severe breach, which is a choke point for Free Trade Navigation both in the Sea and Air.
    Nk Bose41 days ago
    Why ASEAN is nonchalant despite its member States getting roughed up by China ?
    Praker 42 days ago
    Vietnam and Philippine should ban Chinese imports
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