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    China Says Will Never Send Military to Oil Rig Spat with Vietnam

    FILE - Screen grab shows the Chinese Coast Guard ship 46001 (L) chasing a Vietnamese vessel near to the site of the Chinese oil rig in the disputed waters in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's central coast.
    FILE - Screen grab shows the Chinese Coast Guard ship 46001 (L) chasing a Vietnamese vessel near to the site of the Chinese oil rig in the disputed waters in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's central coast.
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    A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea, and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit.
     
    China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, but parts of the potentially energy-rich waters are also subject to claims by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
     
    China is also involved in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea with Japan.
     
    Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coastguard vessels, have squared off around the rig despite a series of collisions after the platform was towed to the area in early May.
     
    The rig's deployment triggered anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month that killed at least four workers.
     
    Vietnam has accused China of sending six warships, but Yi Xianliang, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, said that China had never sent military forces.
     
    “I can tell you very clearly that from May 2 to today, including to when the [drilling] operations are complete, we have never, are not and will never send military forces. Because we are carrying out normal, civilian, commercial activities,” he told a hastily arranged news conference.
     
    “What I can tell you is that this is on a maritime route and at some periods there have been certain Chinese military ships coming back from the south but these have been far away” from where the stand-off round the rig has been taking place, Yi added.
     
    China stations military forces on some of the numerous islands it occupies in the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
     
    Last week, Vietnam broadcast footage of a Chinese ship colliding with a small fishing boat which capsizes in its path.
     
    Yi showed pictures of much smaller Vietnamese ships appearing to nudge Chinese ships, and of Chinese maritime police fishing out pieces of wood and old fishing nets he said Vietnam had placed in the waters on purpose to act as obstacles.
     
    He said that China had had more than 30 rounds of talks with Vietnam since the crisis began, and denied that China was blocking any proposals by Vietnam for high-level dialog or for a special envoy to travel to Beijing.
     
    “I know that certain people in Vietnam, perhaps because they are trying to find another way to resolve the problem, are creating certain conditions. The so-called other route is the so-called lawsuit way,” he said.
     
    “...If this spreading of rumors or distorting of facts is to achieve the aim of lodging a lawsuit, then I have to say that this is a miscalculation.”
     
    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Reuters his government was considering various “defense options” against China, including legal action, a move the United States said it would support.
     
    The Haiyang Shiyou 981 rig is drilling between the Paracel islands, which China occupies, and the Vietnamese coast. Vietnam has said the rig is in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone and on its continental shelf.
     
    China says it is operating within its waters.

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    by: Nigeshabi from: Canada
    June 17, 2014 8:13 PM
    The VOA reporter didn't finish the report on purpose, and is really misleading, the last sentences "China says it is operating within its waters" didn't even have some the reasons followed why China said "within its (China) waters". Misleading, huh?

    The 11-dash line (boundary between China and Vietnam/Phillipines etc) of South China Sea was set by KMT (taiwan) government, who was an ally of the US in WWII, now the 11-dash line reduced to 9-dash line. During WWII and after WWII until 1950-1970s, Philippines and Vietnam have never questioned 9-dash line, actually Vietnam even acknowledged by written form for boundary between China and Vietnam (i.e. 9 dash line) in 1950-1970s. In the past 20-30 years, Vietnam changed their mind and used 1980s so called sea treaty to try to get more South China Sea back. Vietnam even claimed almost all of South China Sea as its territory. The sea treaty is ratified in 1980s and is not applicable for boundary set in 1950-1970s between China and Vietnam. We cannot use current law to judge cases which happened before the law was in effect.

    Please also remember that it is Vietnam who occupied most South China Sea islands and extracted (is extracting) huge amounts of gas and oil from South China Sea , NOT China, China didn’t get one drop of oil from South China sea so far. So it is Vietnam who bully China, a small dog is biting a big elephant.

    by: Francis from: Paris
    June 16, 2014 5:55 AM
    China is a powerful nation but the worst image to the world. China has problems with not only Vietnam but also other countries such as the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Russia...

    So don't listen to what the Chinese say...
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    by: Nigeshabi from: Canada
    June 17, 2014 8:49 PM
    @Francis: you are so so empty-headed and uneducated.

    Japan has 4 neighbors and has boundary disputed with all its neighbors (100%); China has 14 neighbors and only has boundary problems with 4 of them (~28%).

    Boundary disputes related to China:
    1) China-Japan: Japan was brutal Fascist/Nazi during WWII, but Japan didn't follow the well-known Potsdam Declaration and Cairo Declaration (signed by US, Russian, UK, China) during WWII, and occupy more land area than it should based on Potsdam Declaration and Cairo Declaration (see wiki); Japan is a liar about history and cheated many people.

    2) China-India: McMahon Line was drawn by England guy, whi privately and unilaterally change boundary between China and India without presence of China. Of course, China cannot recognize it. So a British caused boundary dispute between Indian and China.

    3) China-Vietnam/Philippines: the 11-dash line (boundary between China and Vietnam/Phillipines etc) of South China Sea was set by KMT (taiwan) government, who was an ally of the US in WWII, now the 11-dash line reduced to 9-dash line. During WWII and after WWII until 1950-1970s, Philippines and Vietnam have never questioned 9-dash line, actually Vietnam even acknowledged by written form for boundary between China and Vietnam (i.e. 9 dash line) in 1950-1970s. In the past 20-30 years, Vietnam changed their mind and used 1980s so called sea treaty to try to get more South China Sea back. Vietnam even claimed almost all of South China Sea as its territory. The sea treaty is ratified in 1980s and is not applicable for boundary set in 1950-1970s between China and Vietnam. We cannot use current law to judge cases which happened before the law was in effect.

    So China has its reasons, basis and legal principles for its claims, the only way to resolve these disputes is by peaceful talking and compromise each other instead of only blaming China and showing prejudice to China and Chinese. If Chinese is not treated fairly and equally, you can not expect too much from China.

    by: art from: usa
    June 15, 2014 10:00 AM
    By now, 99.9% of people in the world know this line:
    "Don't listen to what chinese had said but see what chinese had done ".
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    by: Alan from: Canada
    June 19, 2014 7:08 PM
    Agree but should say "Chinese leaders" in stead of Chinese
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 15, 2014 4:10 PM
    Do you even know that China counts 25% worlds population? You ignorant!
    And China also get support from Russia, counts 200 millions, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, counts 100 millions. And most African countries support China too. Lol

    by: moguro fukuzo from: tokyo
    June 14, 2014 3:19 PM
    Chinese leaders never keep their words. They are a bunch of liars.
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    by: Alan from: Canada
    June 19, 2014 6:58 PM
    Totally agree with Moguro Fukuzo. China give a bad image to the rest of the world, it is just like Chinese product - bad quality. That is due to Chinese government.
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    by: NG from: Canada
    June 17, 2014 9:52 PM
    Japan leaders are really big liars about what Japan did in WWII. Did you know Japanese used live Chinese to do bacteria test, and used biological weapons (e.g. toxic gases) to attack Chinese and Southeastern Asian countries? Did Japan government teach your guys the cruel and brutal crimes Japanese had done in WWII? Japanese are real liars.

    A Professor in Calgary (Canada) used to visit Japan in 2011, he was surprised that Japanese young persons didn't even know what Japanese have done in WWII? Again, Japanese are a bunch of liars and cheated many many persons.



    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 14, 2014 10:51 AM
    China is a superpower. Viet should learn how to deal with a superpower. Confronting is never a solution. Dreaming Americas intervention is irrealistic.
    Admit China's sovereignty and China already promised to share resources with you.
    Be smart don't do stupid thing.
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 17, 2014 7:18 PM
    @ian, peaceful rising is our good will, it's not an obligatory!
    If you monkeys keep bothering us and stealing our islands, trust me, we will show you our ugly side, we will crush you without mercy. Bear in you mind, no zuo no die!
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    by: Ian from: USA
    June 17, 2014 11:20 AM
    Read my reply carefully before you spit out twisted accusation and falsehood argument. Where did I say that the Geneva accord is about the sea in the middle of the South-East Asian countries . That sea is not an issue because the name South china sea is only a geographic convenience not an ownership tittle that is bestowed on China by the International community .

    By the way, don't be too proud of China's thug like behavior in threatening smaller South-east Asian countries , that behavior only proves to the world what the Chinese said about "peaceful rising" is a sham .
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 17, 2014 12:09 AM
    @ian, south viet lost the war, didn't exist any more. Know north viet controls the whole viet, thus it must keep its promise!
    And Geneva accord didn't include South China Sea, you are lying.
    I warn you, don't try to play tricks with China, you are too small too weak to play tricks. You only got backfired.
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    by: Ian from: USA
    June 16, 2014 11:52 AM
    Jonathan ,
    You are quite wrong , in the 1954 Geneva accord which China also a signer , the agreement of 46 countries for that accord confirming South Vietnam is the owner & administrator of both the Paracel island group and the Spratly island group .
    The south Vietnamese government did not recognized the chinese claim in 1958 nor in 1974 when the chinese invaded the Paracel group . In 1958, the north vietnamese communist Premier who was a chinese lacky, had no legal authority to announce or agree with the chinese on anything regarding the two island groups' ownership .
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 15, 2014 11:32 PM
    @ian, sorry there is no sudden drawing of the nine dash line! The dash line was published in 1947, no country complained in 40 years until oil found at bottom!
    In 1947 fino wasn't even born. Viet PM also recognized our sea territory in 1958!
    China is not weak any more, viet and fino must return what they stole from us!
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    by: Ian from: USA
    June 15, 2014 12:24 PM
    "Admit China's sovereignty and China already promised to share resources with you."
    That is what you and other Chinese have in mind .
    Let say you own your factory in Canada (where you live & work) , suddenly someone from the US draws up a nine dash line from his house (in the US) extending over Canada , encompassing your factory , he then proposes to share the profit of your factory with you .
    Ask yourself why Chinese do not suggest sharing any resources from their true beach fronts "Yellow Sea" & "Tung Hai" aka East China Sea but are so "generous" in sharing other countries' beach fronts .

    by: xindu from: Chengdu China
    June 14, 2014 9:15 AM
    dear remieless , do you know the fact that it is Vietnam first set up the oil rig at this disputed area and China didn't set up oil rig until May 1, 2014. China had peacefully told Vietnam many times to solve the contentious problem but Vietnam think China is wimpy. China and Vietnam should keep peace to figure out long term strategy for the both countries because they had a long time friendly relationship. .Laying down dispute and sharing the resources exploiting, I think this is a good way for both China and Vietnam.


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    by: Alan from: Canada
    June 19, 2014 7:05 PM
    Because it is Vietnam's sea. China leaders did a big mistake from May 1, 2014. China government is a big liar, they even cheated their citizens.
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    by: nhat
    June 15, 2014 2:57 AM
    Vietnam think China wimpy? so ridiculous, maybe your media told u such things, but Vietnamse think ur country is so aggressive, crucial, evil...u should use Google to find the Video the china ship rammed sunk the vietnamse ship boats and stop helping crews from the vietnamse ship. and I find no country on the World agree with ur goverment

    by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, VN
    June 13, 2014 2:24 PM
    There is no need for China to send military. No one is going to start a shooting war over this oil rig.
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    by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, VN
    June 14, 2014 4:54 PM
    -Adam: the appropriate name for boys
    -Adam9: the number 9 son of my parents
    -ok, ok, right, and right you are. Please do not gang up on the number 9 son of my parents.
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    by: Alan from: Canada
    June 14, 2014 10:28 AM
    Do not believe in what China says. Do see what China does.
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    by: azul from: usa
    June 14, 2014 7:42 AM
    No need to send military? Who do you think those sailors that rammed and sunk the Vietnamese boats were? chunquing religious monks?

    by: meanbill from: USA
    June 13, 2014 1:45 PM
    AN UNDENIABLE FACT? -- This Chinese EEZ South Sea argument has been going on from May 02, 2014 -- and with all the great lawyers out there from the US and the world -- there is not a single one of those lawyers who ever said, (or brought proof), that China is in violation of any "Law of the Sea" or any other law, have they? ---- (It may not look right on a Vietnam or Philippine map, but it's legal) -- China always wants to settle disputes by peaceful means, doesn't it? ..... REALLY
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    by: BZN from: US
    June 14, 2014 2:19 PM
    @meanbill is indeed a china sympathizer. I see his comments everywhere regarding china's aggression.

    China's method to "settling disputes by peaceful means" is by strong arm aggression, coercion, and intimidation - all traditional acts of a bully. It generally gets its way until one day the little guy shoves the bully's buck~ed teeth up his nose.
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    by: Frank from: O.C. USA
    June 14, 2014 10:33 AM
    @meanbill , You are entirely crazy guy! If you really believe your mother country, go back immediately to China. The USA does not need such a liar.
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    by: azul from: usa
    June 14, 2014 7:34 AM
    What is legal about stealing? China steals and everybody knows that. The mere fact that, as you claim, no one said anything ( which is simply delusional itself) about violation of the law of the sea, does not contradict the fact that china has always been grabbing by force islands in possession of other countries. The law of the seas concerns itself with conducts and use of passage through sea lanes, not with thievery such as the one perpetrated by your idol chinese pirates.
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    by: lina
    June 14, 2014 2:29 AM
    What a China Gov's ridiculous statement!!! No body on the world can accept such unruly sayings. In fact, China Gov has deployed hundreds of vessels, including military ships armed with canon, missiles, supporting with reconnaissance planes around the area claimed legally by Vietnam that the oil rid is illegal located. They are so aggressive to be ready to deliberately ram and fire water canon to Vietnam civil ships. As a result, one Vietnam fisherboat was rammed sunk , dozens of VN coast guard vessels were spoiled. Many foreign journalists witnessed the dangerous scenes in Vietnam's waters.
    China Gov's sayings never coincide with its doings. Don't believe what China Gov say, Look at what they do! In addition, i remember a Chinese ancestor's saying: A big country, but too aggressive and brutal, will be certainly perished!!!
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    by: remie from: canada
    June 13, 2014 6:24 PM
    @meanlessbill, You are delusional .. USA said China has escalated the situation by placing rig in Vietnam EEZ. If China wants peace they would not have put rig there.
    I know you are a bias chinese and maybe even getting paid for your 50 cent propaganda comments.

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