Oil Exploration in Disputed Waters
Tensions show no sign of easing in an incident between two Chinese fishing vessels and a Vietnamese ship over oil exploration. Accounts of events differ.
China tells Vietnam to halt oil exploration in disputed waters
(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, again raising tensions in a protracted maritime territorial dispute with its neighbor.
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.
Article written by Michael Martina for Reuters.