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China removes Vietnam row oil rig

China removes Vietnam row oil rig

China says the oil rig that sparked a major diplomatic row with Vietnam by drilling in disputed waters has finished work and is being removed. In a statement, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said it would now assess the data collected by the rig. China moved the rig into waters near the Paracel Islands -...

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Morning Candy

Morning Candy

One of the fondest memories of my childhood was stretching out on a chair in the lawn of our Sylhet home on a winter's morning and opening the daily newspaper. The crisp feel and smell of the paper enhanced the experience. I had waited eagerly for the hawker to throw the bundled paper over the gate. While I usually encountered many unknown words – for example, thinking “ratio” was a mis-spelling of “radio” – that never diluted my enjoyment of reading the news. My childhood days - late 1960s - were days of global volatility. Wars were major news, often reported with large, melodramatic headlines. I was too young to...

US asks China, Vietnam to get ships out of disputed sea

US asks China, Vietnam to get ships out of disputed sea

China and Vietnam should withdraw their vessels and oil rig from the disputed waters in the South China Sea to make room for diplomacy to reduce the escalating tensions, the United States has said. "We do have a problem with blanket assertions by both Vietnam and China that their claims are indisputable," Daniel Russel,...

China 'destabilising' region: US

China 'destabilising' region: US

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday warned China against "destabilising actions" in the South China Sea, and backed Japan's plans to take on a more muscular military role as a counterweight to Beijing. Stressing US commitments to allies and friends in Asia, Hagel called for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes and issued a...

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

Vietnam accused a Chinese vessel of ramming and sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea, sharpening already dangerously high tensions between the two nations over their overlapping territorial claims in the waters. The alleged incident occurred Monday around 30 kilometers (18 miles) south-southwest of large oil rig that China deployed on May 1 in a disputed section of the sea, according to Tran Van Linh, president of the Fisheries Association in the central port city of...

Vietnam considers legal action against China over disputed waters

Vietnam considers legal action against China over disputed waters

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his government was considering various "defence options" against China, including legal action, following the deployment of a Chinese oil rig to waters in the South China Sea that Hanoi also claims. Dung's comments, given in a written response to questions from Reuters, are the first time he...

China evacuates workers after Vietnam riots

China evacuates workers after Vietnam riots

The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report. State-run Xinhua news agency says Beijing is arranging charter flights and ships to help more people to leave. At least two Chinese nationals have been killed and 100 injured in recent unrest in...

20 dead as anti-China riots spread in Vietnam

20 dead as anti-China riots spread in Vietnam

More than 20 people were killed and rioters attacked Vietnam's biggest steel plant overnight as violent anti-China protests spread to the centre of the country a day after arson and looting in the south, a doctor and newspapers said on Thursday. A doctor at a hospital in central Ha Tinh province said five Vietnamese...

South China Sea disputes dominate Asean summit

South China Sea disputes dominate Asean summit

Surging maritime tensions dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders yesterday with Vietnam expected to call on its regional neighbours for support in its deepening territorial dispute with China. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is convening just days after both Vietnam and the Philippines locked horns with China in contested waters,...

Vietnam marks 'historic, golden' Dien Bien Phu victory

War veterans, communist leaders and diplomats gathered in Vietnam's Dien Bien Phu town Wednesday for an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the country's seminal victory over French colonial forces. The bloody, 56-day battle in this remote, northwestern valley ended on May 7, 1954, precipitating both the collapse of France's colonial empire and Vietnam's emergence as an independent nation. "Dien Bien Phu was a victory for all the people of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia," as it ended French dominance in...

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