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FM: China urges Vietnam to stop illegal acts in S. China Sea

(People's Daily Online)

14:29, July 02, 2012

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 27. (File photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

On June 27, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference.

Q: Vietnam said yesterday that China National Offshore Oil Corporation's plan for exploration and development cooperation in the South China Sea is "illegal" and relevant blocks are located in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone. How does China comment?

A: Publicizing by Chinese companies relevant bidding of oil and gas blocks is a normal business activity which complies with relevant Chinese laws and international practices. China and Vietnam share a lot of consensus regarding the proper settlement of maritime disputes between them. We hope Vietnam can observe the consensus, refrain from taking actions that may complicate or magnify the disputes and immediately stop its activities in relevant sea areas that infringe upon China's oil and gas rights and interests.


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