10 Jun '11, 10am

Vietnam plans live-fire drill after China dispute

Vietnam plans live-fire drill after China dispute

Two Chinese marine surveillance ship sailing 120 miles off the Vietnamese central province of Phu Yen. -- PHOTO: AFP HANOI - A SQUABBLE over territory in the South China Sea escalated on Friday when Vietnam announced a live ammunition drill in an apparent reponse to China's demand that the Vietnamese halt all oil exploration in the area. The verbal clash between the two communist neighbours follows a similar one betwen China and Philippines earlier in the week over another area of the South China Sea, where several countries are eyeing potentially rich oil and gas reserves. The disputes generally pit China against its neighbours and have pulled in the United States, which has said it considers some of China's sea claims to be an infringement of international waters and a possible damper on international trade. Vietnam said on Friday it would carry out two exercises totalli...

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