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China and Vietnam clash over drilling in disputed waters

Tensions have been renewed after Chinese company Cnooc moved a rig into the South China Sea area, 32 km south of the disputed Paracel Islands

China and Vietnam have clashed once again over oil and gas exploration in contested South China Sea waters after state-run China National Offshore Oil Corporation (Cnooc) moved its 981 deep-water rig into the waters to start drilling for oil and gas. In early May, the rig was moved into a hydrocarbon-rich area of the South China Sea about 210 km offshore Vietnam and about 32 km south of the disputed Paracel Islands, sparking a renewed round of recriminations over the disputed waters. Officials in Hanoi argue that the rig is within the country's exclusive economic zone, which stretches 320 km from its coast, and Cnooc will be drilling into its continental shelf, where it holds the rights to

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