29 May '11, 5am

#singapore news: China hits back at Vietnam over territorial spat: BEIJING: China has hit back at claims it viol...

BEIJING: China has hit back at claims it violated Vietnam's marine sovereignty in a new spat over disputed areas of the South China Sea, accusing Hanoi of harming Beijing's interests in the region. Vietnam's state media quoted the foreign ministry Friday as saying Chinese marine surveillance vessels had damaged a ship operated by the state oil and gas firm PetroVietnam, within what it described as its exclusive economic zone. China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu responded late Saturday that Vietnam had been carrying out oil and gas operations in territorial waters under Beijing's own jurisdiction. This "harms China's rights, interests and jurisdiction in the South China Sea and violates the consensus reached by the two countries on the South China Sea issue. China opposes this," Jiang said. "The actions taken by Chinese authorities are normal marine law enforcemen...

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