mcloudy.png
Friday August 14th, 2020 7:01PM

US concerned over China's 'interference' in South China Sea

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it's concerned by reports of China's interference with oil and gas activities in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, where Vietnam accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that China's "repeated provocative actions aimed at the offshore oil and gas development of other claimant states threaten regional energy security and undermine the free and open Indo-Pacific energy market."

Vietnam on Friday demanded China remove a survey ship from Vanguard Bank, which it says lies within Vietnam's 200-mile exclusive economic zone. China claims the South China Sea almost in its entirety and has rattled smaller neighbors by constructing seven man-made islands in the disputed waters and equipped them with military runways and outposts.

Chinese coast guard vessels also have been reported near a drilling rig in the same Vanguard Bank area where Vietnam has contracted Russia's Rosneft to develop gas fields.

"Vietnam has made contact with China on multiple occasions via different channels, delivered diplomatic notes to oppose China's violations, and staunchly demanded China to stop all unlawful activities and withdraw its ships from Vietnamese waters," Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement Friday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang earlier in the week urged Hanoi to respect China's sovereign rights and jurisdiction, "and not to take any move that may complicate matters."

In May 2014, Chinese and Vietnamese vessels engaged in a dangerous confrontation when China's national oil company moved its oil platform into waters Vietnam considers its territory.

Ortagus calls on China to "cease its bullying behavior and refrain from engaging in this type of provocative and destabilizing activities."

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Business, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Utilities
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Portman is Thor, Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4
Natalie Portman is Thor, Mahershala Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4 Comic-Con extravaganza
11:54PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Simone Biles takes gold medal at US Classic gymnastics
Simone Biles won the U.S. Classic to maintain her six-year winning streak
11:15PM ( 50 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Cooperstown calling, moonshots and revved Yanks
LEADING OFF: Cooperstown welcomes six into Hall, MLB parks remember moonmen and Yankees streaking
10:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Marvel boss says Mahershala Ali is 'Blade'
Two-time Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali is going to be "Blade"
9:51PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Johansson says 'Black Widow' will explore flaws
Don't worry about the events of "Avengers: Endgame," Scarlett Johansson will definitely be back as Black Widow in the long awaited stand-alone film
9:47PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Portman female Thor in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
Thor is going to be a woman played by Natalie Portman in the fourth installment in the series about the god of Thunder
9:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Portman is Thor, Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4
Natalie Portman is Thor, Mahershala Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4 Comic-Con extravaganza
11:54PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Simone Biles takes gold medal at US Classic gymnastics
Simone Biles won the U.S. Classic to maintain her six-year winning streak
11:15PM ( 50 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Cooperstown calling, moonshots and revved Yanks
LEADING OFF: Cooperstown welcomes six into Hall, MLB parks remember moonmen and Yankees streaking
10:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
Big league ballparks broil as heat wave grips much of majors
A heat wave that has gripped much of the country has affected many major league ballparks, where players and fans are trying to keep cool
10:55PM ( 1 hour ago )
Sánchez, Adams pace Nationals past Braves, 5-3
Aníbal Sánchez pitched five-plus innings and Matt Adams homered to help the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 and improve to 33-14 since May 24, best in the majors over that span
10:43PM ( 1 hour ago )