Beijing has deployed a new oil rig in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo

Beijing deploys new deepwater drilling rig in South China Sea

  • ‘Ocean Oil 982’ is expected to search for crude oil at depths of up to 5,000 metres as nation seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign suppliers
  • But accessing troubled waterway’s wealth of reserves will not be easy, expert says
Topic |   South China Sea

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Beijing has deployed a new oil rig in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
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The survey ship, escorted by coastguard vessels, first entered waters near Vanguard Bank in early July. Photo: China Geological Survey

Chinese survey ship leaves Vanguard Bank in South China Sea and heads to artificial island outpost

  • Beijing did not say why Haiyang Dizhi 8 left the area, but last month it also travelled to Fiery Cross Reef and spent time refuelling there before returning
  • Vessel first entered waters near the resource-rich reef controlled by Vietnam in early July, sparking the worst stand-off between the countries for five years
Topic |   South China Sea

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The survey ship, escorted by coastguard vessels, first entered waters near Vanguard Bank in early July. Photo: China Geological Survey
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