By: Agence France-Presse
Vietnam has delivered a pointy rebuke to China over military drills in the South China Sea, the second such warning in every week as tensions rise between the international locations over the disputed waterway.
China and Vietnam have lengthy traded barbs over the strategic and resource-rich South China Sea, which Beijing claims most of.
Tensions have flared in current months, with Vietnam suspending an oil exploration challenge operated by Spain’s Repsol in an space off its coast claimed by Beijing.
In June, a gathering between high Vietnamese and Chinese generals over border points was abruptly cancelled, with either side citing a sudden scheduling battle.
Hanoi condemned Beijing’s newest military drills in the Paracel Islands, a contentious archipelago claimed by either side.
“Vietnam strongly rejects China’s move and seriously requests China to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago,” international ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang stated late Tuesday, utilizing the Vietnamese identify for the Paracels.
China stated final week it was conducting “regular military training in the relevant maritime area located in the northwest of the South China Sea”, the place the Paracels are situated, claiming jurisdiction over the zone.
The two international locations fought a short however bloody skirmish over the Paracels in 1974. More than 70 Vietnamese troopers have been killed and China has had de facto management over the islands since then.
Last week, Vietnam repeated requires Beijing to halt its exercise in the world, and international affairs officers in Hanoi met with Chinese embassy workers “to clarify Vietnam’s position”.
Some $5 trillion in annual delivery commerce passes by way of the South China Sea, which is believed to be wealthy in oil and gasoline deposits.
Tensions between Vietnam and China over the sea got here to a head in 2014 when Beijing moved an oil rig into waters claims by Hanoi.
The transfer sparked weeks of lethal anti-China protests throughout Vietnam.
Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia even have competing claims in the sea.