HANOI (Reuters) – Japan and China talk of building a strategic partnership but they can’t seem to avoid tactical scraps.
A high-profile breakdown in diplomacy over the question of whether Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan would meet one-on-one at a regional summit in Hanoi has raised questions about the risks from lingering brinksmanship between Asia’s two biggest economies.
HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins an Asia-Pacific summit Saturday after a flare-up in Chinese anger at Japan over disputed islands that cast doubt over prospects for reconciliation between the two Asian powers.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry official accused Japan of damaging the atmosphere between the two countries Friday after Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara raised the issue of the Senkaku islands, called the Diaoyus in Chinese, at the summit. Both China and Japan claim sovereignty over the isles.
HANOI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Vietnamese state oil group
Petrovietnam said on Friday it still has the option to buy the
offshore oil projects BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) this week agreed to sell to its
Russian joint venture TNK-BP (TNBPI.RTS: Quote, Profile, Research).
On Monday, BP announced that it had agreed to sell a
package of oil and gas fields in Vietnam and Venezuela to
TNK-BP for $1.8 billion as the London-based oil major raises
cash to pay for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [ID:nLDE69H0FW]
HANOI, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Vietnam projected on Wednesday a
stubbornly wide $13.5 billion trade deficit this year despite
exports rising 19.1 percent, three times the initial target,
adding to pressure on authorities to further devalue the dong.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, reading a report to the
opening session of the National Assembly, also forecast fourth
quarter economic growth of 7.2 percent, accelerating from
annual growth of 7.16 percent in the third quarter.
HANOI (Reuters) – Ties between the United States and Vietnam are blossoming in the face of shared concern over China’s growing military muscle, but political differences will ultimately limit how far detente between the former foes can go.
Drawn together by political expediency and market forces, both states praise the speed with which political and economic ties have grown in the 15 years since diplomatic relations were normalized and the 35 years since the Vietnam War ended.
HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday called on Asian-Pacific defense chiefs to avoid resorting to “force or coercion” to settle territorial disputes, in a veiled warning that appeared aimed at China.
He also said territorial disputes and maritime claims were a growing challenge to stability in the region.
HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs locked horns over U.S. arms sales on Taiwan on Monday as they met for the first time since Beijing lifted a freeze on U.S. military ties.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie, constructive and accepted an invitation to visit China next year. But China said both acknowledged “problems and obstacles” in military relations.
HANOI (Reuters) – China sought to smooth over regional tensions stoked by its rising military profile on Monday, when the country’s defence minister held fence-mending talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts.
China’s growing military reach and vehement reaction to maritime territory disputes have sparked renewed concern among its neighbours, from Japan to Australia.
HANOI (Reuters) – Japanese Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa on Monday urged his Chinese counterpart to set up a bilateral maritime communications system quickly following a row over disputed islands, Kyodo news agency said.
Kitazawa and Liang Guanglie met in Hanoi on the sidelines of a meeting of Asia-Pacific defense ministers, in the first top-level defense talks between the two governments since the dispute flared last month.
HANOI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Concerns over China’s maritime
ambitions are likely to remain muted at an Asia-Pacific defence
ministers’ meeting in Hanoi next week as participants steer
clear of friction to nurture a potentially useful new security
China, for its part, is likely to play nice at the defence
meeting and a summit in Vietnam later this month in an effort
to reassure its neighbours that it can be reasonable and
cooperative as the dust settles from an angry territorial row