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Vietnam hosts naval exchange with US Navy

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam kicked off a weeklong naval exchange Monday with the U.S. Navy amid percolating tensions in the South China Sea with China.

Three ships from the U.S. 7th Fleet visited Danang during the five-day event that began Monday. No live-fire drills were planned, but the two sides were expected to practice salvage and disaster training as they have done in recent years.

Vietnam, China, the Philippines and other nations have competing claims to islands in the South China Sea, which is believed rich in oil and gas deposits. Many view the sea as a potential flash point of armed conflict.

Tensions have flared this month near a shoal north of the disputed Spratly Islands where two Chinese maritime surveillance ships blocked a Philippine warship from arresting Chinese fishermen on April 10. Chinese and Philippine vessels continued to face off at the shoal on Monday, each waiting for the other to pull out.

Earlier this month, five Vietnamese Buddhist monks travelled to the Spratlys to teach Buddhism and defend their nation’s territorial claim.

Tensions between Vietnam and China hit a low point last summer after Hanoi accused Beijing of interfering with its maritime oil exploration activities. Beijing denied the charge.

The last major clash in the sea involved China and Vietnam and left more than 70 Vietnamese sailors dead in 1988.

Beijing has named the South China Sea one of its “core interests,” meaning it could potentially go to war to protect it. The U.S. has said it has a national interest in ensuring freedom of navigation in the sea, and analysts say Washington is expanding its military presence in Asia to counter China’s rising influence.

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  • TulisangDagat

    then after this vietnam and philippines  or vice versa…oh i like it…….

  • http://fables.boxpinoy.com/ Lucky Luciano

    kaya hindi mapakali si China, susunod naman diyan Taiwan and US version of balikatan. hahahahha.

    Asean must join hands to tame this melamine overdosed lunatic dragon.

    Yeah, she can find audience kay north korea.

  • m1600

    Tignan mo nga naman ang Vietnam no. 1 enemy ng US nuon ngayon friendship na sila. The soldiers on both side could be the son and daughters of those fighting   40 yrs ago. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRD4RDB2WA7IJIQRMMUKPWLSGU Babinski

    Ito nalang china ang pasaway, ito china ang nag dulot ng kahirapan sa mundo. dapat burahin na yan sa mapa. kill ll the chinese,

    • TulisangDagat

      malapit na huwag mainip kaunti pang pasensiya………

  • http://renato-corona.myopenid.com/ RENATO CORONA

    No wonder China is trying to get cozy with another troll nation Nokor. Bullies run to other bullies when confronted by a bigger bully.

  • PHtaxpayer

    Filipino’s should try to understand geopolitics and not base their feelings on their upbringing or education so that they can understand what is best for our national interests and not get stupid by propaganda.
    “There are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests”, a wise old British diplomat once said, when the British empire was still strong.

    PH and US love to talk about relationships but they also try to hide the issues.  Issues are more important because they affect national development and security.  You cannot have one without the other.

    Eg. in the PH, our development was reversed when our national security was threatened during the Marcos years.  Marcos told the public he was declaring martial law to protect the country from falling to communism because Plaza Miranda was bombed by communist subversives.  Turns out this was not true because Marcos and the US were in cahoots to rob the Filipino people of our sovereignty.  

    The PH was a major staging base for US imperialism in Vietnam from 1954-1975 then in Pakistan and Afghanistan covertly supporting radical Islamic extremists from 1979-1989.

    Today, the PH govt is telling us we need the American military to protect us our national security.   But history says they endangered our national security by supporting the Marcos dictatorship and supporting future terrorists who were going to support our local Muslim separatist movement.

    Then there is the issues about our natural resources – who controls them?  How much do we get for mutli-nationals to drill and mine our oil, gold and other precious minerals?  

    Take the case of the oil and natural gas fields in Malampaya near Palawan…out of all the oil taken out from there, the national govt and the province of Palawan only get 10%!!!  Pilipinas Shell gets 45% and US company Chevron-Taxaco gets 45%.

    Now, Pacquiao won’t fight Mayweather for a 30/70 split but why does the PH govt accept a 10/90 split for our oil??!  Saudi Arabia oil it’s a 50/50 split before, now i dunno.

    Gising na ‘Pinas!

    Note:  Vietnam is wise…she needs US to bolster her economy and provide a balance for her conflict with China for the Spratley’s oil.  ”The enemy of my enemy is my friend!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FB6Q72WB5X4YUEEX5CKVVMR6KA just

    Oil exploration is all about risk. If the Philippine is willing to take the risk, they can do all the exploration, but without technology and capability, chances are slim. Deep water exploration is much more complex and such is the case in Malampaya. You can ask for 90/10, and hope there will be takers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FB6Q72WB5X4YUEEX5CKVVMR6KA just

    Don’t move your sights coz China is still Communist and proud of it. It appears the West blinked when they entrusted their manufacturing to China. With communitst still at the helm, they are emboldened and bitter to get back at their ideological tormentors.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L4VNFU3QRRQLNQTMVZ4U7CP72A Jackol

    Go Vietnam! Go Philippines! Go ASEAN!

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