Following a recent incident concerning Vietnam’s territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, Vietnam’s Vice Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh said that he is expecting the promised coast guard ships coming from Japan to be turned over to the Southeast Asian country early next year.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzi Abe reiterated his desire to give “utmost support” to ASEAN nations in his keynote address during the recently concluded Shangri-La security and defense forum in Singapore over the weekend. This statement has been taken negatively by China, who has reacted by bashing both Japan and the United States in the same forum. Abe however last week said that it will take a bit of time for the patrol ships to arrive, since Japan is also involved in a territorial dispute with China and they need to beef up their surveillance in the East China Sea.
Vietnam and China are locked in a territorial dispute that has been exacerbated when China built an oil rig in what Vietnam considers contested waters. Vinh is now hopeful that the defense partnership with Japan can help in training Vietnam’s coast guard, as well as beef up their fleet of coast guard vessels with new ships that he is expecting to be in Vietnamese hands by next year. “The process is developing very well and we are planning to receive the ships by early next year,” Vinh said in an interview on the sidelines of the said security forum.
Quite recently, protests sparked in Vietnam when it claimed that a Chinese ship deliberately rammed a Vietamese fishing vessel near the controversial oil rig. China claims that the ship was harassing Chinese military vessels and that it “capsized” when it hit the Chinese ship. Vietnam is urging other nations in the region to make their protests louder and more public, as they vehemently disagree with what they see as China’s strong-arm tactics. Vinh also mentioned that he has approached Lt. General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army, but he reportedly stuck to their line of looking at it from the “Chinese perspective”.
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