10 Jun '11, 9pm

Vietnam to hold live-fire drill as China rift grows

Vietnam to hold live-fire drill as China rift grows

HANOI - Vietnam announced Friday that it would hold a live-fire naval drill next week in the South China Sea as an escalating maritime dispute fuels tensions with Beijing. Relations between China and Vietnam are at their worst in years as the two countries trade accusations over recent confrontations between their ships in potentially energy-rich contested waters. The United States said it was "troubled" by tensions triggered by the maritime border dispute, calling for a "peaceful resolution". A Vietnamese naval officer told AFP that the six hours of live-fire exercises would be held on Monday around Hon Ong island, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) off Quang Nam province in central Vietnam. The officer declined to give the reason for the night drill or say how many vessels would be involved. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said the exercises were part of routi...

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