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Vietnam accuses China of violating sovereignty

Associated Press, 05.27.11, 04:20 AM EDT 

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Vietnamese official has accused China of threatening a boat that was conducting research for potential oil drilling sites within Vietnam's territorial waters.

The official Vietnam News Agency quoted Do Van Hau, deputy director general of Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, or PetroVietnam, as saying three Chinese patrol boats damaged equipment being used to carry out a seismic survey in the South China Sea on Thursday.

He urged the Vietnamese government on Friday to launch a strong protest against China, demanding that the state-owned company's operations be allowed to continue without interference.

Vietnam and China have long clashed over disputed territory in the South China Sea where rich oil and gas reserves are believed to exist.


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