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Vietnam-China spat casts shadow over S. China Sea code of conduct

Stand-off a reminder of how arduous it can be to reach deal, and how much it could hinge on ties between neighbours

A weeks-long stand-off between China and Vietnam eased last week after a Chinese surveying ship and its coast guard escorts left Vietnam's exclusive economic zone amid international lobbying by Hanoi.

Beijing, however, views Hanoi-sanctioned oil drilling off Vietnam's south-eastern coast as the source of the dispute.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Vietnam-China spat casts shadow over S. China Sea code of conduct'. Subscribe