China moves oil rig to another site in Vietnamese waters

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A US$1-billion oil rig that China illegally placed in Vietnam’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. Photo credit: News.cn
China moved the US$1-billion oil rig it illegally placed within Vietnam’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone to a new spot in Vietnamese waters Tuesday morning, Vietnam Television reported.
VTV quoted the Chinese State Oceanic Administration as saying that two Chinese tugboats coded 612 and 613 began towing the rig at four nautical miles per hour starting 5:30 am on Tuesday.
The rig was moved to a site 25 nautical miles southeast of Tri Ton Island in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago of Vietnam.
It is estimated that the rig reached the new destination at 10:30 am Tuesday.
The rig is still located deep within Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, VTV said.
In early May China illegally dispatched the rig, as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft, into Vietnamese territorial waters.
Chinese ships have repeatedly rammed and fired water cannons at Vietnamese coast guard and fisheries surveillance ships tasked with protecting the country's maritime borders.
The assaults have damaged Vietnamese ships and injured their crews.

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