Tag Archive: Vietnam

Vietnam – China Completes Drilling Oil Well in Disputed Waters.

The Chinese government claimed that a controversial oil rig located in waters disputed with Vietnam, has completed drilling. The $1 billion deepwater rig was deployed last year amid cries of outrage from the Vietnamese government. Haiyang  Shiyou… Continue reading

China starts naval drills in the disputed South China Sea.

The Chinese Navy kicked off 10-day military exercises in the disputed South China Sea amid heightened tensions in the region, especially with the US.  Playing down the significance of the exercises, the Chinese… Continue reading

This place is one of the exciting, bright spots in the world.

Hanoi, Vietnam –  July 17, 2015. As Europe burns, Puerto Rico sinks, and China violently gyrates, it’s nice to know there are still some exciting bright spots of growth in the world. Vietnam is… Continue reading

China-led AIIB development bank holds signing ceremony.

Vietnam becomes founding member of the multilateral investment bank (AIIB). China has hosted the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new international financial institution set to rival the World… Continue reading

The South China Sea Conundrum.

Beijing is engaged in reclamation work in nine artificial islands in the South China Sea. Beijing claims “undisputed” sovereignty over at least 80% of the South China Sea. It’s not only about at… Continue reading

The Pol Pot Dilemma.

More than 500,000 US diplomatic cables from 1978 recently released by WikiLeaks include hundreds that paint a vivid picture of a US administration torn between revulsion at the brutality of Pol Pot’s government… Continue reading

Greater Mekong Region – 139 new species found.

‘Dementor’ Wasps and Long-Fanged Bats! A paralysis-inducing wasp, a color-changing toad and a bat with eerily long teeth- What do all of these curious critters have in common? Sure, they all seem a… Continue reading

China – New lighthouses in South China Sea.

China has held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in internationally disputed waters in the South China Sea. The two lighthouses will be constructed on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef in the disputed Spratly… Continue reading

South China Sea: China Is Building on the Paracels As Well.

It’s not just the Spratlys, China is constructing military facilities on the Paracel Islands too. As Vietnam’s Communist Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong met with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China’s government… Continue reading

Laos – A landlocked or landlinked pivot in SEA?

Laos as China’s pivot state for mainland ASEAN. (I) Laos as China’s pivot state for mainland ASEAN (II) This tiny and impoverished Southeast Asian state is ever more becoming the geopolitical fulcrum for the… Continue reading