China to Counter Vietnam Version on S.China Sea

Posted by Joseph Keefe
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

China said on Tuesday that it wanted to counter Vietnam's "slander" to the world about what was happening in disputed areas of the South China Sea, after Beijing asked the United Nations to circulate documents outlining its position.

A senior U.S. diplomat called on China to provide evidence to back up its claim to 90 percent of the sea, believed to be rich in energy and minerals.

And the Philippines, embroiled in disputes with China over its claims to parts of the sea, defended a weekend get together on the disputed Spratly Islands of Philippine and Vietnamese servicemen and said another gathering would be staged next year.

Tensions have been running particularly high between China and Vietnam, focusing on China's positioning of an oil rig near another disputed archipelago, the Paracel Islands, which has lead to rammings at sea and anti-Chinese violence in Vietnam.

China and Vietnam have traded accusations about the behaviour of their ships, including the use of water cannon and intentional rammings.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua said that Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, had asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a letter to circulate documents outlining China's position to all U.N. member states.

China, he said, sought to "tell the international community the truth and set straight their understanding on the issue".

Asked about the move, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Vietnam had been stepping up its harassment at sea and trying to vilify China on the international stage.

"On the one hand, they have been increasing their damaging and harassing activities on the scene, while internationally everyone has seen they have been unbridled in starting rumours and spreading slander, unreasonably criticising China," she told a daily news briefing.

China, she said, had to explain the "real situation" to be clear "about Vietnam's real aim in wantonly hyping things up".

A policy document released at the weekend accused Vietnam of ramming its ships more than 1,000 times in the oil rig dispute, though it said Beijing wanted good relations with its neighbour.

The spat is the most serious deterioration of relations between the Communist states and traditional rivals since a brief war in 1979 following Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia.

U.S. APPEALS TO BEIJING

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, Daniel Russel, urged China to seize the "significant opportunity" of a call from an international court last week for evidence to back up its claims.

"This ... opens the door to the removal of some ambiguity regarding China's claim that has helped fuel tension and uncertainty in the region," Russel said in a telephone briefing with reporters in Hong Kong.

Russel said he had raised the issue with regional officials at a meeting in Myanmar of the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

A judges' panel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said last week that it was giving China six months to respond to a case filed by the Philippines in March. China's Foreign Ministry last week restated its refusal to participate.

China rejects any international solution to the territorial disputes and calls for individual talks with claimant countries.

The Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei each claim some of the Spratlys, while China, Taiwan and Vietnam claim the whole chain.

Servicemen from the Philippines and Vietnam staged a get-together last weekend on a Vietnamese-administered part of the archipelago, playing soccer and volleyball and drinking beer. China denounced the gathering as a "clumsy farce".

A Philippine navy spokesman told reporters Manila would host a get-together next year on a Philippine-run island, with all claimant countries invited.

"If the end is to maintain good relations and amity with a neighbouring nation and sports is one of the means to attain it, then the navy will have to pursue it," Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

"The least of our intentions is to pick quarrels with anyone. Definitely, it's not meant to pick on China." (Additional reporting by Rosemarie Francisco in Manila and Greg Torode in Hong Kong; Editing by Ron Popeski)

By Ben Blanchard

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter July 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Swiber Applies for Judicial Management Instead of Liquidation

Singapore oilfield services company Swiber Holdings Ltd said on Friday it has applied to place itself under judicial management instead of liquidation.   Swiber

Daewoo Shipbuilding: $1.4 bln order Cancelled

Cancelled order part of Statoil's Bressay project. South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd on Friday said a 1.58 trillion won ($1.41 billion)

Gener8 Maritime Net Income Up 91%

Announcing its financial results today for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 Gener8 Maritime, Inc. reported net income of $38.0 million, or $0.46 basic and diluted earnings per share,

Offshore

Swiber Applies for Judicial Management Instead of Liquidation

Singapore oilfield services company Swiber Holdings Ltd said on Friday it has applied to place itself under judicial management instead of liquidation.   Swiber

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 5th Week in a Row

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for a fifth consecutive week, Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday, but the oilfield services provider and some analysts cast

Det Norske to Restore Production at Alvheim after Leak

Norwegian oil firm Det norske said it expected to reach full production at its Alvheim FPSO (floating storage, offloading and producing unit) overnight after a leak,

Energy

China Refineries Enters Global Oil Trade

During the last year, China’s “teapot” refiners are helping to boost China’s crude import demand and their influence is expanding, says Clarkson Research Services.

First US LNG Shipment Goes to China

The first liquefied natural gas vessel from the lower 48 U.S. states is on its way to China, according to a Reuters interactive map on Friday, the latest sign that

Swiber Applies for Judicial Management Instead of Liquidation

Singapore oilfield services company Swiber Holdings Ltd said on Friday it has applied to place itself under judicial management instead of liquidation.   Swiber

Maritime Security

Protecting Sensitive Sea Areas in South-East Asia

Further progress towards identifying and designating Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) in south-east Asia has been made during a regional meeting in Lombok, Indonesia (27-28 July).

Libyan Oil Exports to Resume from Closed Ports

Libyan oil exports from closed ports should resume in no more than one to two weeks after a deal was signed between the government and an armed brigade controlling the terminals,

SNMCMG2 Completes Third Black Sea Deployment

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) has completed its third deployment into the Black Sea under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy.

Coast Guard

Safety and Preparation on the Brownwater Radar

Weather Channel Forecasters are predicting a “near-average” hurricane season for 2016, but warn that an average season does not mean businesses and residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst.

Alaska Juris Sinks, 46 People Rescued

The Fishing Company of Alaska, based in Renton, owns the  238-foot  Alaska Juris that started sinking in the Bering Sea shortly before noon on Tuesday, says a report in Seattle Times.

Sunken Barge Impedes Waterway Traffic Near Galveston

A barge sank east of the Galveston Causeway railroad bridge Tuesday, causing the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a safety zone and temporarily restrict traffic on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Maritime Safety

Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Joint Chemical Spill Drill

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM) conducted a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East

Crew Kidnapping Rising in Gulf of Guinea - Dryad

In contrast to the substantial numbers of reported incidents across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean in recent years, maritime crime now appears to have stabilised

Safety and Preparation on the Brownwater Radar

Weather Channel Forecasters are predicting a “near-average” hurricane season for 2016, but warn that an average season does not mean businesses and residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst.

Eye on the Navy

This Day In Naval History - July 29

1846 - During the Mexican-American War, a detachment of Marines and Sailors, led by Arm. Col. John C. Fremont from the sloop USS Cyane, commanded by Cmdr. Samuel F.

This Day In Naval History: July 28

1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate, USS St. Lawrence, spots a schooner flying English colors and gave chase. Some four hours later, as she is overhauling the schooner,

SNMCMG2 Completes Third Black Sea Deployment

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) has completed its third deployment into the Black Sea under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy.

Government Update

Libyan Oil Exports to Resume from Closed Ports

Libyan oil exports from closed ports should resume in no more than one to two weeks after a deal was signed between the government and an armed brigade controlling the terminals,

China, Russia Navies to hold S. China Sea Drills

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval drills in the South China Sea in September, China's defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news conference on Thursday.

India Govt, Cochin Shipyard Pact on FY17 Growth Targets

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  with the government of India for the ongoing fiscal under which targets agreed

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1245 sec (8 req/sec)