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Vietnam Asks Chinese Ships to Leave Territory

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BEIJING, Nov. 21, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Joint patrol vessels with law enforcement personnel from China, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, sail on the Lancang-Mekong River, March 17, 2015. The 76th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand started Nov. 20, 2018 from Guanlei Port, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province. According to Yunnan border police bureau, the joint patrol will last five days and cover a range of over 500 kilometers to enhance anti-terrorism capability, safeguard the security and crack down on cross-border crimes. Once every month since 2011, the patrols targeting drug trafficking, smuggling and other cross-border crimes along the Mekong, conduct random inspections in waters near key regions, including the Golden Triangle.The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River at the Chinese stretch, runs through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is an important waterway for transnational shipping and a border area known for criminal activities. For seven years, security cooperation between the four countries has been getting closer with joint patrols a regular monthly phenomenon. The patrol includes anti-terrorism drills, police skill practices and anti-drug campaigns. Since December 2011, the joint patrols have covered more than 39,500 kilometers, with 122 merchant ships rescued and 582.28 kilograms of drugs seized. The cooperation has expanded to the cracking down on terrorism and human trafficking, as well as joint search and rescue. (Xinhua/Chen Haining/IANS) by .
Joint patrol vessels with law enforcement personnel from China, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, sail on the Lancang-Mekong Rive (File)

Vietnam asks Chinese ships to leave territorial waters. “Vietnam demands China to immediately stop its serious violations and withdraw all of the vessels from Vietnamese waters,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang tweeted

BEIJING, Nov. 21, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Joint patrol vessels with law enforcement personnel from China, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, sail on the Lancang-Mekong River, March 17, 2015. The 76th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand started Nov. 20, 2018 from Guanlei Port, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province. According to Yunnan border police bureau, the joint patrol will last five days and cover a range of over 500 kilometers to enhance anti-terrorism capability, safeguard the security and crack down on cross-border crimes. Once every month since 2011, the patrols targeting drug trafficking, smuggling and other cross-border crimes along the Mekong, conduct random inspections in waters near key regions, including the Golden Triangle.The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River at the Chinese stretch, runs through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is an important waterway for transnational shipping and a border area known for criminal activities. For seven years, security cooperation between the four countries has been getting closer with joint patrols a regular monthly phenomenon. The patrol includes anti-terrorism drills, police skill practices and anti-drug campaigns. Since December 2011, the joint patrols have covered more than 39,500 kilometers, with 122 merchant ships rescued and 582.28 kilograms of drugs seized. The cooperation has expanded to the cracking down on terrorism and human trafficking, as well as joint search and rescue. (Xinhua/Chen Haining/IANS) by .
Joint patrol vessels with law enforcement personnel from China, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, sail on the Lancang-Mekong Rive (File)

The government of Vietnam on Friday demanded the immediate withdrawal of a Chinese oil exploration vessel and its escorts from an area that Hanoi claims as its territory and is disputed by Beijing.

“Vietnam demands China to immediately stop its serious violations and withdraw all of the vessels from Vietnamese waters,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang tweeted.

“The ship (Haiyang Dizhi 8) continues to infringe Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and continental shelf,” she added, having already expressed Hanoi’s opposition to the passage of Chinese ships on Thursday.

The Chinese ship returned in mid-August to an area near the Vanguard Bank – a reef situated in the Vietnamese controlled parts of Spratly islands around 200 nautical miles from its coast – where it had first arrived in July along with Coast Guard escorts in search of natural gas reserves under the seabed.

Vietnam began to drill near the Vanguard Bank in May in collaboration with Russian company Rosneft when the drilling contract was cancelled by Hanoi under pressure from Beijing.

China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea region, a strategically significant maritime area which is situated on an important trade route and has vast reserves of natural resources, with Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan also claiming parts of the region.

The dispute between China and Vietnam is about sovereignty over the Paracel islands, called Xisha by the Chinese and Hoang Sa by the Vietnamese, and parts of the Spratly archipelago.

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