|[Published: Saturday July 20 2019]
Vietnam wants China out of South China Sea
HANOI 20 Jul (ANA) - Vietnam has called on China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Reports in recent days have suggested a large-scale standoff between several coastguard ships from each country as a Chinese oil exploration ship entered contested waters near the Spratly Islands.
"Over the last several days, the Chinese survey ship, Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escorts conducted activities in the southern area of the East Sea that violated Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf," Vietnamese foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement on Friday, using the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea.
"This area lies entirely within the Vietnamese waters."
Vietnam has demanded China stop the "unlawful activities" and that its ships leave Vietnamese waters, she said.(ANA)
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