PANO – A music exchange was held at Fleet 4 of Naval Region 1 in Hai Phong city from August 13 to 15 by the region's command, the Long Bien district’s Culture Center, and the People’s Committee of Phuc Loi ward. The program is part of local children's summer activities, including visits to the Navy Museum and barracks of Fleet 4. During the visits, they learn about naval troops' lives and their training practices on ships and offer incense to heroes and martyrs at the monument “Wharf K15 – Ho Chi Minh Sea Trail.” The annual program aims to educate traditions and glorious history of the nation for young generations, raise their awareness of learning history subject, and strengthen the military-civilian solidarity. Here are several images of the visit: Children learning about the historical traditions of the Vietnam People's Navy at the Navy Museum Guided before visiting barracks of Fleet 4 Naval troops doing morning exercise … [Read more...] about Capital children enjoy visiting to naval unit
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Japan and ally the United States can start making plans for a possible conflict with China after the expected enactment of defense legislation this week, but Japan will not be sending troops to back up U.S.-led operations against Islamic State. Those two scenarios show both how far Japan will have come in loosening the constraints of its pacifist constitution on its military and how far it will remain from being a "normal nation", unconstrained in overseas military operations by legal limits and a deeply rooted public anti-war mindset. Some in Japan worry that the gap between what Japan can or will do and what the United States hopes for could cause friction with Washington if a failure to meet overblown expectations means it becomes disillusioned with its Asian partner. "With these legal changes, we will be able to do almost everything the United States has asked. There is almost nothing we cannot do when it comes to things like providing ammunition and rear-guard support," a Japanese … [Read more...] about Japan set for historic defense shift, but still not ‘normal nation’
Admiral Zheng He is everywhere in China these days, even though he died almost 600 years ago. The government is promoting him to remind its people -- and Asia -- that China’s destiny is to be a great naval power. Almost a century before Christopher Columbus discovered America, Zheng in 1405 embarked on a series of voyages with ships of unrivaled size and technical prowess, reaching as far as India and Africa. The expeditions are in the spotlight in official comments and state media as China lays claim to about 90 percent of the South China Sea and President Xi Jinping seeks to revive China’s maritime pride. In doing so he risks setting up confrontations with Southeast Asian neighbors and the U.S., whose navy has patrolled the region since World War II. Geopolitical dominance of the South China Sea would give China control of one of the world’s most economically and politically strategic areas. “The Chinese believe they have the right to be a great … [Read more...] about China seeks great power status after sea retreat
Dong Khoi St is Saigon's historic main street. It's witnessed the city's changing fortunes since being carved out by French colonials in the 19th century. Throughout the decades of political strife that engulfed Vietnam after World War II, the physical character of Dong Khoi St barely changed. A visitor to Saigon in 1990 or even 2000 could walk a street barely altered in architectural terms since 1960. But that's now changing rapidly as the demolition of historic buildings threatens to rob Dong Khoi St of its unique architectural heritage and character. Each of Saigon's post World War II political shifts has been marked by a name change to the city's main street, now known as Dong Khoi St. The French colonial elite inaugurated the street as the Rue Catinat, a strip of upscale boutiques and cafés named after a naval ship that besieged Da Nang in the 19th century. In the 1950s, at the start of the brief, two decade existence of US-backed South Vietnam, Rue Catinat became Tu … [Read more...] about A bland future for Saigon’s main street?
Former war correspondents and academics have condemned the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam for attempting to re-write American history. The experts have charged Rory Kennedy, who directed and produced Last Days, with everything from fudging facts to offering a version of history constructed by the very men who decided to “pull the plug,” as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says in the film, on the Republic of Vietnam. The 90-minute documentary begins on the streets of Saigon in April 1975 as the Republic's government is losing control. A drum beats ominously as retired US Army Captain Stuart Herrington speaks: “As we began to contemplate evacuation [from Saigon], the question, the burning question was: who stays and who gets left behind?” Herrington relates a misty-eyed story of sneaking a South Vietnamese Colonel and his family onto a flight out of the country. The film weaves harrowing archival footage of the final weeks—and … [Read more...] about As Oscars near, criticism mounts against Last Days in Vietnam