AMTI – China is not the first, but the fifth claimant to build an airstrip in the Spratly Islands. Are all airstrips created equal? What kinds of operations does each enable? AMTI explores the role of airstrips and airpower in the South China Sea.
Much attention has been paid to China’s new airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef. How does this runway compare to Malaysia’s on Swallow Reef, the Philippines’ on Thitu Island, Taiwan’s on Itu Aba, or Vietnam’s on Spratly Island? Below, explore infographics on each claimant’s airstrip size and the aerial operating range each enables. Watch an exclusive interview on China’s Fiery Cross runway with RAND Senior International Defense Analyst Timothy R. Heath. View satellite images of each Spratly airstrip and read more about the types of operations that each may enable.
A family of overseas Vietnamese are pictured at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese people who reside overseas, their foreign spouses and children are likely to enjoy a free-visa policy when entering Vietnam, as quick completion has been urged for a draft decree on the visa waiver.
A contestant presented her speech at XSpeaker Contest on July 11. Two winners of the contest will become two among many speakers of TEDx events 2015, which will be held next month. — Photo courtesy of TEDx Community of Hanoi.
HA NOI (VNS) — A series of TEDx events will be officially held on August 8 in Ha Noi, offering opportunities for young Vietnamese to share and promote their creative ideas which are expected to leave a positive influence on the society.
Author: Chau Bao Nguyen, University of East Anglia
EF – The redeployment of a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea (SCS) shows an inconsistency in the rhetoric and practice of China’s policy in the disputed waters. Together with its mass land reclamation activities, these actions are part and parcel of coercive diplomacy. It affirms China’s territorial ambition in the highly strategic sea. But is it likely to escalate into regional conflict?
TNN – Vietnam has found an effective way to crack down on tax laggards as it struggles to fund infrastructure projects and curb rising debt: make the names of the offending businesses public to shame them into paying up.
A farmer takes out rice died by saline intrusion in Hon Dat District, southern Kien Giang Province. Farmers and households have been left without fresh water in many areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta this year because of severe saline intrusion. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Farmers and households have been left without fresh water in many areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta this year because of severe saline intrusion.
newly-graduated students are getting consultatation for jobs in an job fair in Ha Noi. — Photokenh14.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 178,000 persons with bachelor’s and masters’ degrees could not find jobs in the first quarter this year, the statistics released recently by the Labour and Social Sciences Institute said.
The development of high-quality crop seeds and seedlings as part of HCM City’s agricultural restructuring programme has significantly increased productivity and production value in recent years. — Photo Phuong Vy
Vietnam is seeking to attract investment to develop its transport infrastructure, but it is not an easy task since local companies have limited finances while foreign ones are not interested in the business.
The CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies has prepared a timeline summarizing security developments in the South China Sea during the first half of 2015. The included chronology and infographic covers events through July 15, 2015 and provides a short assessment of present power projection capabilities among the relevant countries. Continue reading 2015 South China Sea Developments: A Five Minute Guide→