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China Violates Vietnam Exclusive Economic Zone After Deploying Ships From Russian-Run Gas Fields | HNGN [Video]

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China disregarded Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and sent a research ship and five escort vessels to an energy-rich South China Sea area where a Russian state firm jointly operates a gas tract with Hanoi.

The move is Beijing’s latest escalation in the region, following the deployment of a research vessel, at least one Chinese coast guard ship, and nearly a dozen other vessels earlier this month.

China Vessels Enter Vietnam Waters

On Friday, the research vessel Xiang Yang Hong 10 traversed the 04-03 gas block operated by Vietsovpetr, a joint venture between the Russian-owned Zarubezhneft and PetroVietnam.

According to Fox News, the announcement comes one day after Vietnam demanded the Chinese vessel depart the area near the Spratly Islands, which it had entered on May 7.

China has attempted to assert sovereignty over the entirety of the South China Sea, increasing its aggressive posture against neighboring nations with jurisdictional rights in the vast body of water, such as the Philippines, …

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