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Vietnam PM says sea sovereignty ‘incontestable’
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Vietnam PM says sea sovereignty ‘incontestable’
Agence France-Presse / 05:40 PM June 09, 2011

Protesters hold up Vietnamese flags and anti-China banners during a protest against the alleged invasion of Vietnamese territory by Chinese ships in disputed waters, in Hanoi on Sunday. AFP

HANOI—Vietnam is determined to protect the “incontestable” sovereignty of two South China Sea archipelagos, the prime minister said in a report Thursday, intensifying a war of words with China.

Tensions between Beijing and Hanoi are at their highest in years owing to long-standing territorial disputes over the potentially oil-rich Paracel and Spratly archipelagos.

The situation escalated in late May after Vietnam accused China of violating its exclusive economic zone stretching to 200 nautical miles.

Hanoi said three Chinese marine surveillance vessels severed the exploration cables of a Vietnamese oil survey ship, violating the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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