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State Department accuses China of muscling Vietnam out of oil and gas exploration

The State Department ramped up its criticism of Chinese interference activities in East Asia Thursday, asserting that Beijing has intensified its efforts to muscle oil and gas opportunities away from smaller countries in the region — most notably Vietnam.

China’s redeployment of a government-owned survey vessel, together with armed escorts, into waters offshore Vietnam near Vanguard Bank on August 13, is an escalation by Beijing in its efforts to intimidate other claimants out of developing resources in the South China Sea,” the department said in a statement.

  • Guy Tailor
  • The Washington Times

“The United States is deeply concerned that China is continuing its interference with Vietnam’s longstanding oil and…

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