The presence of the Hakuryu-5 rig on Vanguard Bank has become a bone of contention for China and a symbol of national sovereignty for Vietnam. Photo: Japan Drilling Company

South China Sea: Vietnam extends operation of oil rig on Vanguard Bank as stand-off with Beijing continues

  • Hanoi says Hakuryu-5 joint operation with Russia will now run until September 15
  • Coastguard vessels from China and Vietnam continue vigil on disputed reef
Topic |   South China Sea

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The presence of the Hakuryu-5 rig on Vanguard Bank has become a bone of contention for China and a symbol of national sovereignty for Vietnam. Photo: Japan Drilling Company
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Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam renews demand for ‘immediate withdrawal’ of Chinese ship in disputed South China Sea

  • Hanoi says it has sent several messages to Beijing that a Chinese survey ship vacate the waters located in its exclusive economic zone
  • ‘Vietnam resolutely and persistently protects our sovereign rights … by peaceful means on the basis of international laws,’ a foreign ministry spokesperson said
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Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo: Reuters
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