Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2014 Contents nam, perhaps because they are
trying to find another way to
resolve the problem, are creating
certain conditions. The so-called
other route is the so-called lawsuit
way," he said.
"...If this spreading of rumours
or distorting of facts is to achieve
the aim of lodging a lawsuit, then
I have to say that this is a mis-
The rig s deployment triggered
anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last
month that killed at least four
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A Chinese official said on Friday
that China will never send military
forces to the scene of an increasingly
ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil
rig in the South China Sea and
accused Hanoi of trying to force an
A senior US official in Washington
dismissed the Chinese statement as
"patently ridiculous" and said Beijing
had been using air force and navy as
well as coastguard assets "to intimidate
Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese
ships, including coastguard vessels,
have squared off around the rig despite
a series of collisions after the Chinese
platform was towed into disputed
waters in early May.
Vietnam has accused China of send-
ing six warships, but Yi Xianliang,
deputy director-general of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs Department of
Boundary and Ocean Affairs, said that
Beijing had never sent military forces.
"I can tell you very clearly that from
May 2 to today, including to when the
(drilling) operations are complete, we
have never, are not and will never send
military forces. Because we are carrying
out normal, civilian, commercial activ-
ities," he told a news conference.
"What I can tell you is that this is
on a maritime route and at some peri-
ods there have been certain Chinese
military ships coming back from the
south but these have been far away"
from where the standoff round the rig
has been taking place, Yi added.
China claims about 90 per cent of
the South China Sea, but parts of the
potentially energy-rich waters are also
subject to claims by the Philippines,
Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Tai-
Beijing stations military forces on
some of the numerous islands it occu-
pies in the Spratly and Paracel Island
groups in the South China Sea.
The Haiyang Shiyou 981 rig is
drilling between the Paracel Islands
and the Vietnamese coast. Vietnam
has said the rig is in its 200-nautical
mile exclusive economic zone and on
its continental shelf, while China says
it is operating within its waters.
The United States has not taken
sides in the territorial disputes but has
been strongly critical of China s behav-
iour in pressing its claims and called
for negotiated solutions.
The US official called Yi Xianliang s
statement "a weak attempt to obscure
what China is really doing."
"China has maintained a robust and
consistent military presence near the
oil rig since its placement on May 2,
including flying helicopters and planes
over and around the rig. There are
currently multiple military vessels in
the vicinity of the rig," he said.
The official said that on any given
day, there were also Chinese navy war-
ships in waters disputed with the
Reiterating US criticism of how
China has handled maritime disputes
with its neighbours, he said China s
actions were "creating serious fric-
tions" in relations with Washington.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen
Tan Dung told Reuters last month his
government was considering various
"defense options" against China,
including legal action, a move the Unit-
ed States has said it would support.
Yi Xianliang denied China was
blocking any proposals by Hanoi for
high-level dialogue or for a special
envoy to travel to Beijing.
"I know that certain people in Viet-
The vice-chairman of China s top
parliamentary advisory body has been
put under investigation for serious
"disciplinary violations," usually Chi-
nese Communist Party shorthand for
graft, the country s corruption watch-
dog said on Saturday.
Su Rong, elected vice-chairman of
the national committee of the China
People s Political Consultative Confer-
ence (CPPCC) last year, is also being
investigated for serious breaches of the
law, the Central Commission for Dis-
cipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a brief
statement on its website
The statement did not give any fur-
Su previously served as local Com-
munist Party secretary for the provinces
of Jiangxi and Gansu.
China s campaign against deep-root-
ed official corruption has intensified
since the appointment of President Xi
Jinping last year, with several senior
government figures and state company
executives already in detention.
Vice-head of chinese government
advisory body under investigation
Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km offshore of Vietnam on
May 14. PHOTO: REUTERS
China: We'll never send military
to Vietnam over oil rig spat
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