The day after Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet visited one of the country’s installations on the Spratly Islands and vowed that Hanoi will protect its sovereign territory, China sent ships to patrol the archipelago. Two Chinese patrol vessels will accompany fishing vessels in the South China Sea for at least a month. The decision, taken just after the departure of Vietnam's deputy foreign minister from China, marks the first time patrol boats will protect fishing boats in the contested waters. Hanoi is still demanding the "immediate and unconditional release" of a Vietnamese fishing boat and its 12-man crew captured by China on March 22, the South China Morning Post reports.
A year after it was first discovered that a China-based cyber espionage network compromised Indian embassies investigators have uncovered the full extent of the espionage, the India Times reports. Indian embassies in nine countries including the U.S., UK, Germany, Afghanistan, Russia, the UAE, and Nigeria were infected. But it is now known that for years the spy ring mined over 35 computers belonging to the India’s National Security Council Secretariat, Air Force, and the Army's Military Intelligence. While there is no conclusive proof linking the hack to China’s government, Canadian researchers have traced the attack to Chengdu, Sichuan; where a People's Liberation Army technical reconnaissance bureau responsible for monitoring signals intelligence collection is located.
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