The Da Yang Hao has the capability to conduct deep-sea resource exploration in any of the world’s oceans, according to state media. Photo: CCTV

Beijing boosts its claims in South China Sea with delivery of new ocean-going research vessel

  • Da Yang Hao will give China a ‘crucial advantage’ in terms of its maritime research capabilities, observer says
  • And at 4,600 tonnes, ship will also add significant weight to Beijing’s manoeuvrings in disputed waters
Topic |   South China Sea

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The Da Yang Hao has the capability to conduct deep-sea resource exploration in any of the world’s oceans, according to state media. Photo: CCTV
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The presence of the Hakuryu-5 rig on Vanguard Bank has become a bone of contention for China and a symbol of national sovereignty for Vietnam. Photo: Japan Drilling Company

South China Sea: Vietnam extends operation of oil rig on Vanguard Bank as stand-off with Beijing continues

  • Hanoi says Hakuryu-5 joint operation with Russia will now run until September 15
  • Coastguard vessels from China and Vietnam continue vigil on disputed reef
Topic |   South China Sea

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The presence of the Hakuryu-5 rig on Vanguard Bank has become a bone of contention for China and a symbol of national sovereignty for Vietnam. Photo: Japan Drilling Company
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