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South China Sea: Tensions soar as Vietnam accuses China of ‘violating sovereign rights’  – News 247

South China Sea: Tensions soar as Vietnam accuses China of ‘violating sovereign rights’ – News 247

 The Vietnamese foreign office has said China is continuing to expand its activity and has tracked another vessel in the disputed waters The Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 oil ship has reportedly made several passing through Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said: “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels continue, and expand their operations within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf “Thus seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereign rights.” Up to 28 Chinese ships are understood to have sailed through the zone since the beginning of the year  Beijing claims the coast guard ships are undertaking a survey of the seabed. Under international law, a large part of the South China Sea comes under Vietnamese sovereignty  However, Beijing disagrees and says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to China – a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016  The South China Sea is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. An estimated £3 95trillion worth of goods passes through it each year. Trade relations between China and Vietnam have also been strained after Hanoi imposed an anti-dumping tax on some aluminium products from China  The sanctions introduced last month increase taxes on aluminium imports from 16 Chinese companies of up to 35 percent  Vietnam is heavily reliant on China, its largest trading partner, for materials and equipment for its labour-intensive manufacturing  Vietnam’s trade deficit with China widened to $25.11billion in the first eight months of this year, from $17 23billion a year earlier. On Tuesday China took part in its annual military parade marking the ruling Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power   Beijing showed off its military power and its latest arsenal of weapons including the Dongfeng 41  The missile believed to have nuclear capabilities and is understood to have the potential to reach the US in just 30 minutes    China boasts the world’s largest number of military personnel with the The People’s Liberation Army containing two million soldiers  The parade saw 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of military equipment take part

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