Chinese diplomat to discuss illegal oil rig in Vietnam visit

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi shown in a file photo Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi shown in a file photo
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi will discuss the oil rig that China illegally placed into Vietnamese waters when they meet at an annual bilateral event this week, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh told reporters on Monday.
Binh said at an international press conference on developments in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea) that Yang will arrive in Vietnam for a meeting of the Steering Committee on Vietnam-China Bilateral Relations, of which he and Minh are chairmen.
"As we have affirmed many times, Vietnam has always patiently sought dialogue with China to peacefully resolve the tension in the East Sea," Binh said. "This meeting, therefore, will surely provide a channel for the two sides can discuss the issue to find out solutions for the current tension."
Yang's visit will be the highest-level meeting between the two governments since the US$1-billion Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig was deployed earlier last month.

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