Hanoi Will Conduct a Military Exercise in South China Sea

Vietnam will lead the military exercises on Monday in the South China Sea, said an official of the Navy, as tensions have risen in recent days between Hanoi and Beijing on two disputed islands in the region.

Live firing exercises of the Vietnamese Navy will be held June 13 for six hours, 40 km from the coast of Quang Nam (center), the official said Friday on condition of anonymity.

More than 200 km away from Paracel and 1,000 km from Spratly, the two archipelagos are supposedly rich in oil resources and causing regular quarrels between the two communist neighbors.

The officer refused to elaborate on the reasons for these exercises and the number of vessels engaged.

More than 200 Vietnamese websites, including those of Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, were hacked since early June, said Nguyen Minh Duc, director of security company Bach Khoa Internetwork Security Centre (BKIS).

Hackers sometimes left behind information in Chinese and Chinese flags, he said, adding he could not say whether Chinese were responsible for those cyber attacks.

Carl Thayer, a specialist in Vietnam from the Australian University of New South Wales, Says the exercise of Monday is also a message, after China announced Thursday it would lead military exercises in June in the western Pacific.

2 Responses to "Hanoi Will Conduct a Military Exercise in South China Sea"

  1. Hoa Minh Truong   June 13, 2011 at 5:32 am

    After Soviet Union collapsed, that was an opportunity for Vietnam to be independent, unfortunately, they tied up the relationship to China, indeed transforming county to democracy. Vietcong regime has wanted to remain the dictator regime, not for the national interest and people, so they became the hand of China. The most central’s Vietnam communist members were pointed by China, so today they just pretend to do something as a good government to protect country under the threat of foreign. However, Communist has no family, religion and Nation. A homeless people has no house to keep, then Vietcong has no country to protect. Do not trust any Vietcong does. Vietcong likes a dog, US dollar’s lover, but keeping house for China.

  2. i love vietnam   June 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Hoa Minh Truong , You are a dog , a real mad dog, remember you are having vietnamese plood.


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