Phillipines, Vietnam navies to jointly patrol Spratlys

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  1. KS

    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

    Aug 3, 2010
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    PHL, Vietnam navies to jointly patrol Spratlys

    THE Philippines and Vietnam have moved closer to jointly patrolling their claimed maritime territories in the disputed Spratly Group of Islands that are being aggressively claimed by China.

    The standard operating procedure for the joint patrol by the country’s Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) of the Northeast Cay and Southwest Cay, both on the South China Sea, was signed by Vice Admiral Alex Pama, Navy flag officer in command and the Vietnam Navy’s commander in chief Adm. Nguyen Van Hien.

    Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay, Navy spokesman, said Northeast Cay is occupied by the Philippines, and it is located 45 kilometers northeast of Pag-asa, the biggest island that is currently occupied by the country.

    On the other hand, the Southwest Cay is occupied by Vietnam, and it is located 3 kilometers away from Northeast Cay.

    Carlyle Thayer, an Australian expert on regional issues in Southeast Asia and who talked during the first forum on the South China Sea held in the country last year, had advised both the Philippines and Vietnam to counter China’s “aggressive assertiveness” in the disputed territory.

    He warned that the two country’s failure to act against China’s intrusive actions in the Spratlys will only encourage Beijing to keep on violating their exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

    China’s “nine dotted map,” that it submitted to the United Nations in 2009, cut deep into both the EEZs of Vietnam and the Philippines, two of the five claimant- countries in the South China Sea that include Brunei, Taiwan and China.

    The map, also known as “nine dotted dash” and “Ox tongue,” was China’s sole basis in laying claim over more than 85 percent of the South China Sea, which however violates the 200 kilometers EEZ as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    During his visit to Vietnam, Pama signed with Hien the “SOP on Personnel Interaction in the vicinity of Southeast Cay and the Northeast Cay Island between the VPN and PN [Philippine Navy].”

    Tonsay said that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint patrol was signed last year.

    Aside from the joint-maritime patrol, the Philippines and Vietnam also forged defense cooperation, with Pama and Hien signing an MOU on the “Enhancement of Mutual Cooperation and Information Sharing” between the two navies.
  3. Thai

    Thai Regular Member

    Oct 14, 2009
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    It seems that the differences between Vietnam and Philippine are prone to negotiation by pacific measure, as the view point on the sovereignty in Spratly group islands of these both nations is not far in the problem recognition . In contrary, it's entirely no any easy with China case.
  4. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

    Sep 28, 2011
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    Does Australia have anything to offer besides its expert advice?:confused:

    That's like the chicken and the pig walking down the road past the house of a poor farmer. The chicken says, "We should help this unfortunate fellow. I know! I can give him some eggs and you can give him some bacon!"

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