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China scolds Vietnam for "hyping" South China Sea oil rig row

Jun 19, 2014    

HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters)7 - China's top diplomat scolded Vietnamese officials during talks in Hanoi on Wednesday for "hyping up" a row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, in tough comments that suggest relations will remain rocky.State Councilor Yang Jiechi also told his hosts that the rig's activities in waters that Vietnam lays claim to were "completely legal", China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing in Beijing.Yang, who outranks the country's foreign minister, made the remarks in a meeting with Viet...

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