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Sun May 18, 2014, 06:36 PM


China, Vietnam Dig In Over Oil Rig Feud

Bangkok: The dangerous stand-off over an oil rig in a disputed area of the South China Sea has pushed Vietnamese authorities to crack down on fierce anti-China protests and forcibly break up small demonstrations in two cities.

Witnesses in southern Ho Chi Minh City said police dragged away several demonstrators from a park in the city centre.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered an end to all “illegal protests” amid expectations of more anti-China unrest in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as Vietnam and China feuded over the placement over a $US1 billion ($1.06 billion) Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea.

China, meanwhile, had evacuated more than 3000 of its nationals via flights and was sending five ships to evacuate more, the state-run Xinhua news service reported on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear if Vietnam would allow the Chinese rescue ships to dock, given continuing skirmishes between the two countries.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/china-vietnam-dig-in-over-oil-rig-feud-20140518-zrgce.html#ixzz326qkLupG

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