Vietnam Tries Its Hand At Island Building In S. China Sea

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China isn’t the only one building islands in the South China Sea

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China is not the only nation building islands in the South China Sea — although the scope of its construction is unparalleled.

Along with Beijing, Vietnam has also started projects mostly within the past two years of constructing islands. Altogether, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has documented 10 sites of Vietnamese construction throughout the region. Together, Vietnam has built slightly over 120 acres of land in the area.

By comparison, China has created over 3,000 acres of land in the Spratly Islands, far overshadowing Vietnam’s efforts.

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Pakistan to push UN to declare Indian Ocean nuclear-free zone

ArihantIndia had last month tested nuclear-capable K-4 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) from its nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant as part of its efforts to develop second-strike capability. Also on Sunday, India tested its Advanced Air Defence Missile Ashwin for its upcoming multi-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system.

Pakistan to push UN to declare Indian Ocean nuclear-free zone

 

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“We are planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India’s plans to nuclearise the Indian Ocean at all relevant international fora. Pakistan is fully prepared to defend its people and its borders” Aziz said.

Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that India’s nuclear-armed missiles deployed on nuclear-powered submarines pose a threat to the maritime security of the Indian Ocean Region’s (IOR) 32 littoral states and that Islamabad would call on the United Nations regarding this matter.

According to Dawn, Aziz, while making a policy statement on the deployment of nuclear-armed missiles on submarines in the Indian Ocean, said that Pakistan was considering a proposal for tabling a resolution at the UN General Assembly session later this year, which would call for making the Indian Ocean a nuclear-free zone.

He asserted that Pakistan might ask the 32 littoral states to co-sponsor the move which include, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

He added that the the matter would be raised with all major world powers, both at bilateral and multilateral fora. “We are planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India’s plans to nuclearise the Indian Ocean at all relevant international fora. Pakistan is fully prepared to defend its people and its borders” Aziz said.

“Despite limitation of resources, Pakistan has developed a robust nuclear deterrence, which is constantly updated. At the same time, Pakistan’s successful efforts to ensure the safety and security of its nuclear and missile assets have been widely acknowledged,” he said.

He assured the Senate that Pakistani armed forces and defence scientists were fully vigilant and taking remedial measures by “evaluating the strategic threats” and developing “strategic responses”.

 

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Necessary to stem channels of supporting and financing terrorists in Syria

Lavrov: Necessity to stem channels of supporting and financing terrorists in Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that his talks with the US Secretary of State John Kerry touched upon means to stop importing weapons to terrorists in Syria particularly through Turkish borders.

Lavrov added, in a press conference following his talks with Kerry, we discussed the necessity of stopping channels of supporting and financing terrorists particularly across the Syrian-Turkish border, and we do know that each part of agreements needs to use pressure upon all Syrian opposition groups by members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), pointing out that the US used influence over those groups and we will see what would happen.

“We focused on sending an important signal to a specific part of the Syrian opposition which presents final warnings and pre-conditions,” Lavrov said, adding that talks with al-Riyadh opposition and other oppositions on the crisis in Syria would be continued.

The Russian Foreign Minister pointed out that “our American partners understand the importance of implementing all agreements including to have all representatives of the Syrian opposition in the intra-Syrian dialogue, and we will see how talks would go Tuesday during ISSG meeting,”

He added that the final document to be issued by Russia and the US, as co-chairs of ISSG, was also discussed, and “we together would present those ideas to our partners in ISSG to be adopted in the meeting”.

On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that his country is working on setting ideas for the final document of the ISSG meeting due to be held in Vienna Tuesday.

Lavrov affirmed that Russia and the US have an understanding over what should be done concerning the political solution for the crisis in Syria, pointing out that some opposition sides have constructive ideas over the settlement.

For his part, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, in a statement from Vienna, that the next round of the Intra-Syrian dialogue for solving the crisis in Syria is up to the UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura’s decision.

Gatilov indicated that representatives of the Syrian opposition presented, during their meeting with Lavrov, practical steps to set successful talks, pointing out that De Mistura doesn’t object, in principle, the participation of Syrian Kurds in the intra-Syrian dialogue.