Vietnam reproaches China over Paracel Islands military exercise

By Staff reporter 6 September 2017

Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang has rebuked China over its military drills on the Paracel Islands, according to the Press Trust of India.

Both countries claim control over the islands, and the issue led to a brief skirmish in 1974, during which China took over administrative control of the archipelago.

Relations between China and Vietnam are becoming increasingly tense, especially regarding the exploration for oil and gas in areas of the South China Sea claimed by both countries.

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