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Vietnam protests China drilling for oil in disputed waters near Paracel Islands

Vietnam's foreign ministry expressed outrage at China's plans

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Hanoi has accused Beijing of illegally drilling for oil in Vietnamese waters. The row comes amid fears in the region over China’s growing military and economic power, reports the Deutsche Welle.

Vietnam's foreign ministry expressed outrage at China's plans to commence drilling for oil this week in waters claimed by both countries. The area in question lies near the Paracel Islands, or roughly 120 nautical miles east of Vietnam's South China Sea coast.
"All foreign activities in Vietnam's seas without Vietnam's permission are illegal and invalid," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "Vietnam resolutely protests them."
According to Hanoi, the disputed waters belong to Vietnam's exclusive economic zone as defined by the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. However, Beijing seized the islands - known as Hoang Sa in Vietnam and Xisha in China - in 1974 and has controlled them ever since.
The statement by Vietnam's foreign ministry followed a warning from China's Maritime Safety Administration over the weekend that prohibited all ships from entering the 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) radius surrounding the drilling area until operations end on August 15.
Beijing's increased activities in contested waters this year, as well as its increased investment in its military, have worried China's neighbors. It is currently involved in territorial disputes with not only Vietnam, but also Japan, Malaysia and Philippines.> more...

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