29 Oct '15, 5am

Japan to step up help for Vietnamese maritime security

Japan to step up help for Vietnamese maritime security

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the grant worth 200 million yen ($1.7 million) after holding talks with Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in Tokyo. The two leaders said they share "serious concerns" over attempts by China to change the status quo in the South China Sea by asserting its territorial claims. "The massive land reclamation work and construction of outposts" intensify tensions, Abe said, without identifying China by name. China has recently created new islands by piling large amounts of sand on disputed islets and outcroppings it controls. The number of boats Japan will provide wasn't announced. Japan earlier pledged to provide six used ships to Vietnam for law enforcement operations. Two have been delivered and the other four are to be delivered by December, according to the Foreign Ministry. In a joint statement issued after the ta...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/09/15/ja...

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