// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

Vietnam to build 32 patrol ships amid China row

Vietnam to build 32 patrol ships amid China row

PanARMENIAN.Net - Vietnam plans to build 32 new coastal patrol vessels, boosting its maritime muscle and surveillance capacities amid an increasingly tense territorial dispute in the South China Sea with its far larger neighbor China, the Associated Press reported.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the government would spend $540 million on the new coast guard and fishery patrol vessels.

The decision was made Thursday, July 3 according to a government statement released later the same day.

Vietnam and China have sparred for years over who owns what in the South China Sea but tensions escalated sharply in early May when Beijing deployed a large oil rig near the disputed Paracel islands.

Hanoi protested the deployment and has sent coastal patrol ships to try and shoo away the rig, which is protected by a large flotilla of Chinese ships. The ships have been unable to get close to the rig, and several have been damaged in collisions with larger, stronger Chinese vessels.

The Vietnam government says it hasn't deployed navy vessels anywhere near the rig.

 Top stories
The strong scale-up of treatment has seen annual AIDS-related deaths drop by 45% to 1.1 mln in 2015 from a peak of about 2 mln in 2005.
Purchased in bulk from Armenia, Absolut vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch and counterfeit Grey Goose are among the popular labels.
German lawmakers voted to extend the country’s military support for the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group until late 2017.
Mitigating civilian casualties remains a “key component” of the anti-IS air campaign in Syria and Iraq, the military emphasized.
Partner news