Vietnam expects Japan coastguard ships next year: vice defense minister

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Vietnam expects to take delivery of coastguard ships from Japan early next year, the country’s vice defense minister said on Sunday, as Hanoi looks to boost its defenses amid a territorial row with China in the South China Sea.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that Tokyo would provide Southeast Asian nations its “utmost support” in their territorial disputes over the South China Sea, in a speech that received a hostile response from China.In the South China Sea, scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coastguard vessels, have continued to square off around a Chinese oil rig in contested waters.Tensions heightened last week when Hanoi said a Chinese boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel not far from the oil rig. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported the vessel capsized after “harassing and colliding with” a Chinese fishing boat.

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