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    Japan Gives Vessels to Vietnam to Boost Maritime Security

    Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida attends a media briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh after their meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi, August 1, 2014.
    Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida attends a media briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh after their meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi, August 1, 2014.
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    Japan will give Vietnam six used vessels as part of an aid package to help the Southeast Asian country improve its maritime security.

    The deal signed Friday by visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Vietnam's planning and investment minister, Bui Quang Vinh, is worth about $5 million.  The vessels will be accompanied by training and equipment to help the Vietnamese coast guard and fisheries surveillance effort.

    The aid comes as relations between Vietnam and China plunged to their lowest point in years following China's deployment of a giant oil rig in early May near the Paracel islands, also claimed by Vietnam.

    China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, bringing it into conflict with others in the region, including Japan.

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    by: earthling01 from: USA
    August 03, 2014 12:20 PM
    This is a small but smart humanitarian gesture by Japan to keep China's numerous violations of international law in the public eye. China can no longer claim itself as a "victim" or claim Japan as an "aggressor" since their own illegal military actions have changed the picture (and world view) completely.
    Japan is making new allies in SE Asia and sugn that the tables are turning against China.

    by: TominTexas from: Texas
    August 02, 2014 9:34 AM
    Hope these ships were not given to Japan by the US at some point in time.

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