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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HANOI, Vietnam, May 20 (UPI) --The situation surrounding China's decision to send an oil rig into waters disputed with Vietnam is growing unpredictable, a Vietnamese legislator said Tuesday.

Members of the Vietnamese National Assembly met Tuesday in Hanoi to discuss a decision by China National Offshore Oil Corp. to deploy rig HD-981 about 120 miles off the coast of Vietnam.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the situation in the South China Sea was getting complicated.

"China's recent deployment of a giant oil rig and its protective armada in Vietnam's [exclusive economic zone] seriously violates Vietnam's territorial sovereignty," he said.

A government report submitted Tuesday to the assembly says Vietnam reserves the right to maintain a posture of self-defense in the event the situation escalates.


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Just the other day Viet Nam evacuated Chinese workers at a steel plant....and that was actually a Taiwanese business. Setting up an oil rig in disputed waters with military in tow is a direct dare. Never thought I'd see the day S. Korea, Viet Nam and Japan would be on the same page.


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Big deal!

#1 | Posted by Rigel at 2014-05-21 03:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

I can see the tourism flyers now.

"Vietnam: China's Ukraine"

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-05-21 03:27 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Rigel, it is a big deal. Countries cannot step on each other's turf. How would you feel if India planted an oil rig 120 miles off the coast of Pakistan? That is a true comparison as Pakistan feels about India similar to how Vietnam feels about China.

#3 | Posted by path at 2014-05-21 07:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Now you've done it. Here comes a bunch of superweapon youtubes.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-21 07:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Countries cannot step on each other's turf." - Path

Why not? Who is going to stop them? The UN? The US?

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-05-21 07:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't underestimate Viet Nam, Andrea. We did.

#6 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-21 09:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

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