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US chides China over maritime dispute with Vietnam

Published on May 13, 2014 12:54 PM
 
A Chinese ship (right) uses water cannon on a Vietnamese Sea Guard ship on the South China Sea near the Paracels islands, on May 3, 2014. The United States told Beijing on Monday that the movement last month of a Chinese oil rig and vessels into waters disputed with Vietnam was provocative, the State Department said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States told Beijing on Monday that the movement last month of a Chinese oil rig and vessels into waters disputed with Vietnam was provocative, the State Department said.

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the message in a telephone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US spokesman Jen Psaki said.

Maritime rows in the South China sea flared this month after China moved an oil drilling rig into waters also claimed by Hanoi.

Mr Kerry emphasised the United States' "strong concerns" over recent developments in the South China Sea. "He said China's introduction of an oil rig and numerous government vessels in waters disputed with Vietnam was provocative," Ms Psaki said in a statement.

 
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