Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the ADMM Plus in Bangkok (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has emphasised the need to protect the rights of states that are not party to negotiations between ASEAN and China for a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), according to the India’s The Hindu newspaper. The newspaper quoted Singh as saying at the sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) in Bangkok that it is natural for the international community to have an interest in open sea lanes of communication. The minister expressed hope that the situation remains stable, without the use, or threat of use of force, or militarisation of the region. He also hoped that the outcomes of these talks would be in keeping with all relevant international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and promote freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful commerce in the East Sea. On the … [Read more...] about India calls for no use or threat of use of force in East Sea
On Monday 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE, and the internationally recognised Yemeni government severed their diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.In addition, the states announced that they were suspending air, sea, and land transport with Qatar, while Qatari citizens are required to return home within two weeks. Qatar's support of the Saudi and UAE-led operations in Yemen is also suspended. This might seem familiar. These states (aside from Yemen) withdrew their diplomats from Doha in 2014 over a similar set of concerns. That spat was resolved within nine months. But the core issues remain. On this occasion, though similar motives fuel the dispute, the fact that Qatar's land border with Saudi Arabia - its only land crossing - will be suspended shows a severe escalation, given just how critical this border is for Qatar's imports, including food. Recent escalationReports emerged in late May 2017 of a speech given by the Qatari Emir, … [Read more...] about Qatar row: What’s caused the fall-out between Gulf neighbours?
The PAN English online edition would like to introduce the English version of the interview, as follows: Reporter: Could you elaborate on the purpose of the Vietnamese Navy’s participation in the AUMX? Naval Captain Pham Quang Hieu: Firstly, the Vietnamese Navy’s participation in the event is to realize the Central Military Commission’ policy and Defense Minister’ instructions as well as the Party and State’s guidelines on actively and proactively integrating into the world through exercises to contribute to peace, stability, security and safety in the East Sea (or South China Sea). Secondly, it shows Vietnam’s support to the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership in the 2016-2020 period. The plan was inked by leaders of ASEAN member nations and the U.S. in November 2015 in Malaysia. In addition, the partaking of Vietnam in the event also demonstrates the country’s support for ASEAN member countries in general and … [Read more...] about An exercise to share awareness and interoperability in the maritime domain
By AFP More by this Author London,British police said 39 bodies were found near London on Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria.Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager.A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder."This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives," Essex Police chief superintendent Andrew Mariner said in a statement.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "appalled" and sent his sympathies to the victims' families. Also Read US accused of bailing on Iraq Maduro: Military personnel jailed for alleged plots Fires rage around besieged Hong Kong campus 51 children injured in kindergarten chemical attack Advertisement "I'm appalled by this tragic incident in Essex," he said."I am receiving regular … [Read more...] about 39 bodies found near London in truck container
By AFP More by this Author GraysBritain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from.All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business.DRIVER ARRESTEDThe local Essex Police force, who are working with immigration officials, said their priority was to try to identify the victims, thought at this stage to be 38 adults and one teenager.The truck driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Related Stories 39 bodies found in lorry container in park Advertisement "This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives," Essex Police chief superintendent Andrew Mariner said in a statement.The police said they were alerted by the … [Read more...] about UK murder probe as 39 dead found in truck from Bulgaria