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Top China diplomat to visit Vietnam amid oil rig row

Published on Jun 17, 2014 3:22 PM
A Chinese Coast Guard ship (right) using a water cannon to attack a Vietnamese Fisheries Surveillance boat near the site of the Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam's central coast on June 2, 2014. State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat, will visit Vietnam on Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry said, amid an increasingly ugly spat over the Chinese oil rig with the South-east Asian nation. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam this week, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, amid an increasingly ugly spat over a Chinese oil rig in the disputed South China Sea.

China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will visit Hanoi on Wednesday, ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

It will be the highest-level direct contact between the two sides since the rig began its operations in May.