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China defiant as US warns over sea row with Vietnam

Published on May 16, 2014 5:10 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China on Friday defended its actions in disputed Asian waters amid warnings of war with Vietnam, as Washington voiced "serious concern" after riots left two Chinese workers dead and more than 100 injured.

Vietnam has been shaken by its worst anti-China unrest in decades following Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the resource-rich South China Sea, which triggered ramming incidents involving Vietnamese and Chinese vessels.

China has accused Hanoi of "connivance" with protesters who targeted hundreds of foreign-owned factories, as long-simmering enmity between the communist rivals boiled over.

"This is a Chinese company carrying out normal operations in Chinese coastal waters," foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Friday, adding Beijing expressed "serious concern" about the violence in Vietnam.

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