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Kerry: China's Oil Rig in South China Sea 'Provocative'

FILE - US Secretary of State John Kerry.
FILE - US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is "deeply concerned" that China has placed an oil rig in an area of the South China Sea also claimed by Vietnam.
 
The comments come as Beijing's army chief begins a trip to the U.S., as part of efforts to increase U.S.-China military cooperation and reduce maritime tensions.
 
Chinese and Vietnamese ships have rammed into each other and exchanged water cannon fire on several occasions since Beijing set up the state-run oil rig last month.
 
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a phone call the move was "provocative" and "aggressive."
 
In response, China's Foreign Ministry said Wang urged Kerry to "speak and act cautiously," saying he should be objective when talking about China.
 
Analysts say the dispute is likely to be discussed during the U.S. visit of Fang Fenghui, China's chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army.
 
The state-run China Daily newspaper said the trip will also highlight both countries' willingness for closer military cooperation.
 
Brad Glosserman, executive director of the Hawaii-based Pacific Forum, told VOA it is crucial that U.S.-China military ties improve.
 
"Given what you have in the South China Sea, and the East China Sea, quite frankly, I think what you have is an opportunity for the two militaries to talk, to try to get some better understanding of each others' intentions, so that the possibility of a miscalculation or an accident at sea is diminished," said Glosserman.
 
Glosserman said military relations are starting "at a very low base," but he expects visits such as this one will help provide for more substantive exchanges.
 
Fang's visit comes at the invitation of his American counterpart, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey, who visited China in April 2013.
 
U.S. officials have repeatedly expressed concern about China's increasing aggressiveness in defending its vast maritime claims in the South China Sea.
 
China claims nearly the entire 2.5-million square kilometer South China Sea. Its claims overlap with that of Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.
 
The U.S. says it does not take sides in the disputes, but says it is interested in upholding the rule of law and ensuring that unilateral steps are not taken.

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by: meanbill from: USA
May 15, 2014 6:38 PM
"Provocative and aggressive" -- Like John Wayne once famously said; "Those are strong words Pilgrim" -- (BUT?) -- they aren't fighting words, are they? --- They didn't scare John Wayne, did they?

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by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai
May 16, 2014 3:57 AM
Vladimir Vladimirovich Tuco, the supposedly ugly guy in that Good Bad Ugly movie, said: "When you want to shoot, shoot! Don't talk."
Anyway, at the end of that movie, Blondie, the good guy, did not take all of the gold coins with him ... Why didn't he? ... I just don't understand.


by: Eastariel Noneofyo-bizniss
May 15, 2014 11:04 AM
~ ECONOMIES UPLIFT EACH OTHER ~
It's in Russia's best interest to uplift America's economy, and it's in America's best interest to uplift Russia's economy. Through healthy competition, both Nations raise their standards and complement each other, providing and trading goods and services with maximum efficiency, ingenuity, and creativity. Good sportsmanship makes good business. America, play nice!


by: Seato
May 15, 2014 8:01 AM
China loves to flex their muscles in front of their weaker neighbours. Let's see if China dare to move HD981 to the Senkakus where China also made a claim.Taiwai is responsible for coming up with that stupid map,that formed the basis for the recent stupid and absurd Chinese claim

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by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:45 AM
@Jonathan Huang: So what you just say now, it's mean China already start there own invading and making illegal activities already. (Wow, don't ever question why there are so many hatred toward China and their people)

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 17, 2014 3:47 AM
@seato, just to clarify. HY981 is a deep water drill rig. East China Sea is very sallow, thus no need of HY981.
And in East China Sea, close to Diaoyu islands, China already exploited 4 gas fields, 6 gas wells are producing now. Japan is crying like a fool now. Lol

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by: Peter from: USA
May 15, 2014 4:47 PM
China been extracting oil in East China Sea for quite a few years. Japan did protest against one of the oil rigs, the ChunXiao for possible siphoning off oil on Japan's side of the line of separation (one of a reason Saddam gave for invading Kuwait).


by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 15, 2014 2:38 AM
Stop killing innocent Taiwanese workers, barbaric Vietnamese!
Vietnam is an evil country!

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by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:48 AM
@Joanathan huang: I need proof, we need proof, everyone need proof. Name just one Taiwanese was killed. Just one. Oh, you can't. So much for an evil country. You Chinese invaders are evil and are just another brainwash tool for your own government.

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by: Thanh from: Viet Nam
May 17, 2014 9:41 AM
Pls do not lok a thing just one sided...

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 17, 2014 3:50 AM
@hana, you are brainwashed by your government, wake up! Viet cong is evil, greedy and corrupt! Destroy viet cong, free yourself!

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by: hana from: Vietnam
May 16, 2014 1:42 PM
you never understand about the Vietnamese. we love peace and never want to live in war again. but we will never forgive Chinese's government if they dare to do something dirty like that1

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by: Mac Jason
May 15, 2014 12:35 PM
And could you please provide any footage or evidence to substantiate your claim? Any Taiwanese's death? Don't claim the way China's goverment does. Ok?

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by: Chinh Le from: Vietnam
May 15, 2014 11:38 AM
There is not anyTaiwanese workers has been killed, Jonathan Huang. Believe me, I know there was Anti-China protesters yesterday.The Chinese government is evil, but most of their citizens are good. Hundreds of policemen had been deployed to monitor the situation, stop those who incited the crowd, and protect corporate property, An investigation was underway and rioters will be arrested soon.


by: wujun from: shaanxi,China
May 14, 2014 11:54 PM
I think Mr secretry should shut up when talking about China south sea,because that is nothing with america


by: huyen from: VietNam
May 13, 2014 11:52 PM
why could China think that Vietnam was part of China's territory? Why China think that is east of China?
Chinese probably think this world belongs to China alone. I think it's time to end the Chinese thought so. Although Vietnam is a small country and the developing country, but Vietnam has its own sovereignty and its own territory. Vietnam is a country of independence, and territorial sea under the sovereignty of Vietnam, not China.


by: Tim from: Canberra, Australia
May 13, 2014 7:26 PM
US needs to sit down, shut up and lick his wounds because it lost to Russia on Ukraine.

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by: Terminator from: Singapore
May 15, 2014 11:22 AM
US only bully the weak and small, they do not practice what they preach - until now they still think they have the final say on everything. (who authorize US to be the "world police"???). Not just US lost it to Russia on Ukraine, they also lost to Russia on South Ossetia. Talk so much and threaten so much but at the end back out. Remember how China help North Korea & Vietnam to fight wars against US, did US win???

Now face with new modern China which is wealthy and armed with advanced weapons - I wonder how much US can do / and will do in the South China Sea.
Remember US always bully the weak and small.... And remember what Napoleon once said about China.... Please think hard, the world is on a very different dimension and be ready for all kind of surprises!



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by: Anny from: China
May 14, 2014 11:10 AM
I absolutely agree with you.
U.S. would like to interfere with other countries and be international police.
Pls think about how U.S. expand and invade lands from other countries. Seems like America forget the history.

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by: Tuan from: VN
May 14, 2014 12:13 AM
Another greedy chinese. How many generations does it need so that greedy chinese be civilization?

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by: Adam9
May 13, 2014 10:44 PM
I think President Obama’s foreign policy can get people confused sometimes, a lot of tough talks and very few actions. I am worried that someday in the remainder of his term as POTUS, someone may make wrong moves due to misunderstanding and start a shooting war.


by: SEATO
May 13, 2014 10:58 AM
How does America up the rules of law and prevent China from taking the law into its own hands and seize the South China Sea by force? China had already made its move,and so far America had done nothing practical to stop China. Condemning China alone is just a waste of time.China just ignore them all the same.Send the 7th fleet in is the best option to show the Chinese you mean business


by: Tuan from: Vn
May 13, 2014 10:48 AM
Let respect to all nations. Put up a set of rules then vote and respect the outcome.
It is time for China leaders show that they have some civilization.


by: Alex Fang from: China
May 13, 2014 10:47 AM
I think that China does have the absolute right to do whatever it wants to do in South China Sea, as China has exercised sovereignty over the area for hundreds of years or even longer. I am wondering why Mr. John Kerry used the term' provocative' to refer to the Chinese move there?

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by: Hong from: Vietnam
May 15, 2014 6:37 PM
What do you mean "your territory" in Vietnam? Why didn't you go to a court and show your evidence? Just a kind of dirty greedy evil.

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by: Kayle from: Chicago
May 15, 2014 4:12 PM
Excuse me, but any evidence to prove this territorial facts?
Remember, China invades all the islands in this area, and they show NO evidences that those islands belong to them. Thinkbof Scaborough of Phillipine, it's located way to far from China but you guys still claim yours. How ridiculous is it.
Learning more before you comment

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by: Seato
May 14, 2014 7:02 AM
Your ancestors' territories are in Central China as indi341304cated by your country' s name,Chung Kuo or Chung Yuan,country in the central plain,near Mongolia. Vietnam,the Viet people of the South,the inhabitants of present vietnam and Southern China which we lost to the Hans.Get back to China where you belong

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 13, 2014 9:19 PM
@jj, yes, America did invade Iraq and Afghanistan. It's Taliban used flesh and blood defeated American soldiers!
We Chinese also fought against America and other 15 countries together in Korea.
We will use any measures to protect our ancestors territory.

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by: jj from: us
May 13, 2014 1:07 PM
DEar Alex,

Sorry but I do not agree with you. Would you like Russia to take land away by force from China, just like happened to Ukraine? Would you like to be bully by someone and taking your home or property away from you. I think the US, NATO, EU all should act and stop China, Russia and NK.....right now by sending Military help and by not being cowards. The longer they wait to stop all these bullying countries.....the hard and difficult will be later!!

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by: Manny from: US
May 13, 2014 12:10 PM
"exercise sovereignty over the are for hundred of years..." Are you kidding ??? Does that mean you own the Philippines, too? You used to use that country as a stop-over for chinese fishermen. Does that mean you have the right to occupy that country? NO, because there are new internaltion rules like the UNCLOS.

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