VietNamNet Bridge – Contrary to the cooling-off statements of Chinese leaders, what has been happening in the East Sea since the end of 2014 is quite different from what has been stated. The recent photos of rocks and shoals in the East Sea where China has been conducting construction activities show that these places are being expanded. The scale and speed of the expansion of rocks or reefs that China is illegally controlling in the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) of Vietnam has worried the entire region. On May 2, 2014, tensions in the East Sea seriously escalated when China unilaterally deployed the HD-981 oil rig in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam. Nearly two weeks later, on May 13, the Philippines announced the photo showing that China was building a runway on the Gac Ma Island. The same day, a confidential report from the presidential office of the Philippines said that China was also performing construction activities in Tu … [Read more...] about Is the East Sea going to be covered with China’s artificial islands?
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A corner of the Hai Tac (Pirate) Archipelago in Kien Giang Province. While the archipelago is yet to join the national power grid via undersea power cable, the province is hoping to exploit its vast tourism potential.— Photo achieved at www.ktskiengiang.com by Van Dat KIEN GIANG (Biz Hub) — Phan Thanh Phong, chief officer of Hai Tac (Pirate) Archipelago, 20km off the south-western coast, has a dream like all the other residents in the island commune. Speaking to journalists who recently visited Tien Hai Commune — the official name of the archipelago – he said he wished power supply to the islands were not restricted to seven hours a day as at present. Unlike Phu Quoc Island, which too belongs to Kien Giang Province, the place is not connected by an undersea power cable, and all the electricity is from generators. He also hoped for more investments in the islands to create jobs for locals since the fish catch in the sea is falling inexorably. Tourism could be … [Read more...] about Kien Giang turns to island tourism
HCM City authorities will allow public tours to Truong Sa, also known as the Spratly Islands, from June 22. A view of Song Tu Tay Island The municipal government has requested the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and several local firms to make plans for tours to the islands. Saigontourist, Saigon Newport Company and Tan Cang Offshore Travel JSC were asked to join the plan. The city plans to launch the first tour to the islands on June 22. The tour is expected to not only offer tourists with new experience but also uphold the national patriotism and Vietnam's claim of sovereignty over the islands. The Spratly archipelago is some 305 nautical miles off the coast of Vung Tau City, 250 nautical miles form Phu Quoc Island and 270 nautical miles from Binh Thuan Province’s Phan Thiet City. It covers 160,000-180,000 square kilometres and comprises 137 islands and outcrops, and five submerged islands. Some photos of Spratly Islands: Rainbow on Nam Yet Island Spratly … [Read more...] about HCM City to launch tours to Spratly Islands
VietNamNet Bridge - The Paracel (Hoang Sa) and the Spratly (Truong Sa) Islands are two archipelagos offshore Vietnam. The closest point of the Paracel Islands is 120 nautical miles east of the central city of Da Nang and Ré Island, a coastal island of Vietnam. Meanwhile, the closest point of the Spratly Islands is about 250 nautical miles to the east of Cam Ranh Bay, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province. VN condemns Chinese intrusion In the old days, with vague information about the Paracel and the Spratly Islands, navigators only knew about a large area in the middle of the sea with submerged cays, which was very dangerous for watercrafts, referred to as "Bien Dong (East Sea) by Vietnamese. Ancient Vietnamese documents indicate this area with various names, including "Bai Cat Vang" (Golden Sandbank), "Hoang Sa" (Golden Sand), "Van Ly Hoang Sa" (Ten-Thousand-Li  Golden Sand), "Dai Truong Sa" (Grand Long Sand), or "Van Ly Truong Sa" (Ten-Thousand-Li Long Sand). Most of the nautical … [Read more...] about Historical documents on Vietnam’s sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly islands
VietNamNet Bridge - Traveling to many islands of Vietnam has yet to be implemented due to lack of infrastructure and services. With nearly 2,780 islands, island tourism should have been the strengths of Vietnam but the reality is opposite. While some islands are increasingly being "exploited," many others are languishing for “sublimation.” Scratch, polluted and monotonous Phu Quoc, Cat Ba and Con Dao are the famous beautiful islands which enjoy the state’s early investment in tourism. However, decades have passed but tourism on these islands is still scratch, polluted and monotonous. "Investment in Phu Quoc tourism began about 15 years ago, but so far everything is still unorganized. Meanwhile, Thai island of Koh Samui has been invested for only five years currently welcomes two million visitors per year, thanks to nice beaches and extravaganza entertainment attractions," said Mr. Nguyen Van My - Chairman Lua Viet Company. With the five mountains rising up to the … [Read more...] about Depressed domestic tourism: Island tourism waits in desperation