China: Stop harassing oil rig in Xisha Islands
Beijing demanded on Thursday that Hanoi cease its harassing actions against a Chinese oil rig in waters off an island in the South China Sea and called for dialogue to end the conflict.
The conflict began on May 2 in China’s territorial waters when state-run China National Offshore Oil Corp placed a large deep-sea oil rig in a location only 31 km away from Zhongjian Island, a part of China’s Xisha Islands. China said Hanoi then sent armed ships to ram Chinese vessels near the rig.
From May 3 until Wednesday, Vietnam had dispatched more than 30 vessels and rammed Chinese ships 171 times, said Yi Xianliang, deputy director of the Border and Ocean Affairs department of Foreign Ministry, in Beijing on Thursday.
Yi said Vietnam has been using armed ships against China’s government and civilian ships.
According to The Associated Press, a Vietnamese official said there were no reports of injuries after the ramming incidents.
The conflict remains unresolved just days ahead of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. Chinese analysts said the dispute could add fuel to tensions between the two nations.
Beijing said lines of communication between Beijing and Hanoi “are working well” and they have had contact many times over the past five days.
Li Yong, CEO of China Oilfield Services, which is contracted to drill on the rig, said that a vessel ramming the oil rig “would lead to disastrous consequences”.
Dong Manyuan, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said countries such as Vietnam have “stirred up ... an incident that has upset neighboring nations”.
“All of the other countries are watching this situation closely,” Dong said.
In a statement on Wednesday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said China’s decision to introduce an oil rig accompanied by numerous government vessels for the first time in waters disputed with Vietnam is provocative and raises tensions.
On Thursday, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf reiterated that the US doesn’t take a position on the competing territorial claims. But she said the Chinese actions are exactly what the US doesn’t want anyone to take. “We don’t want people to take provocative steps that could lead to miscalculations.
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