Friday, December 7, 2012

China Issues Warning To Vietnam To Stop Oil Exploration

China Tells Vietnam To Halt Oil Exploration In Disputed Waters -- Reuters

* China disputes Vietnam's account of incident last week
* China repeats warning against "unilateral" oil and gas exploration
* South China Sea is one of Asia's most sensitive military hotspots

BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters) - China told Vietnam on Thursday to stop unilateral oil exploration in disputed areas of the South China Sea and not harass Chinese fishing boats, raising tensions in a protracted maritime territorial dispute with its neighbour.

Vietnam had already expelled Chinese fishing vessels from waters near China's southern Hainan province, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

Hong's description of the confrontation last Friday was in contrast to the account by Vietnam, which said a Vietnamese ship had a seismic cable it was pulling cut by two Chinese fishing ships.

"Vietnam's statement is inconsistent with the facts," Hong said.

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More News On The Territorial Disputes Between China And Vietnam

China Warns Vietnam to Stop Oil Exploration in Disputed Region
-- Voice of America
China urges Vietnam to stop unilateral oil, gas exploration in South China Sea -- Xinhuanet
Beijing Rebukes Hanoi on Oil -- Radio Free Asia
Vietnam ordered to halt oil search -- Scotsman
Beijing rejects Hanoi's fishing boat allegation -- China Daily
China warns Vietnam to stop oil exploration -- Today Online
South China Sea: China, Vietnam Clash Over Oil Exploration, Fishing -- International Business Times
South China Sea: Going to Get Worse Before It (Might) Gets Better -- Joshua Kurlantzick, Council On Foreign Relations

My Comment: Everyone knows that the Vietnamese are not going to listen to the Chinese .... so what is next? To save face, China will now have to do something.

1 comment:

scott ransbottom said...

pop some popcorn... cuz this is gonna get good :)