The US says China prevents Asean members from accessing more than US$2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

US calls on China to stop ‘bullying behaviour’ in the South China Sea

  • Beijing’s acts interfering in particular with Vietnamese oil and gas exploration and production, state department says
  • Vietnam and China have long been locked in a maritime disagreement over the area’s resource-rich waters
Topic |   South China Sea

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The US says China prevents Asean members from accessing more than US$2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts entered the area on July 3 to carry out seismic research. Photo: China Geological Survey

Vietnam calls for Chinese vessels to leave Vanguard Bank in South China Sea

  • It comes amid stand-off at reef in disputed Spratly Islands that began when survey vessel entered area with coastguard ships to conduct seismic research
  • Analysts say it’s unlikely the incident will escalate into a conflict or hurt relations
Topic |   Vietnam

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Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts entered the area on July 3 to carry out seismic research. Photo: China Geological Survey
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