Friday, 04 October 2019 11:05

South China Sea tensions ramp up

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Hanoi says Beijing’s survey and coastguard vessels are widening their activities in disputed, energy-rich waters. Vietnam accused a Chinese oil-surveying vessel and coastguard escorts of territorial violations after entering the country’s exclusive economic zone and operating within offshore blocks for three months. The region contains unexploited hydrocarbons that the US says could be worth US$2.5 trillion. Vietnam has become increasingly isolated in its efforts to push back against China, which is nearing a deal with the Philippines for joint energy exploration in a contested area of the sea and just set up one-on-one talks with Malaysia to settle disputes in the waters.


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