China media threatens Vietnam over oil rig row
Published on May 6, 2014 11:07 AM
BEIJING (AFP) - China should give Vietnam a "lesson it deserves to get" if Hanoi ratchets up tension in the South China Sea, an aggressive editorial in state-run media said on Tuesday.
The editorial in the Global Times newspaper comes after Vietnam reacted furiously to a decision by Beijing to move a deep-water drilling rig into disputed waters for the first time.
Hanoi labelled the move "illegal" and demanded the rig withdraw from the area close to the Paracel islands, which are claimed by Vietnam but controlled by China, which calls them Xisha and took control of the whole group after a battle with the US-backed South Vietnamese regime in 1974, as US troops withdrew from Vietnam.
Beijing claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, which is believed could sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.
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