» 07/16/2014, 00.00
VIETNAM - CHINA
South China Sea: Beijing removes contentious oil rig
The rig, built at the beginning of May off the Paracel Islands, resulted in naval battles and violent anti-China protests in Vietnam. The Chinese energy giant will analyze the data provided, but the results already emerging show "traces of oil and gas". Next steps under consideration; but China has already announced the placement of three more platforms.
Hanoi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Beijing has started to
remove the South China Sea oil rig that sparked a serious diplomatic row with Hanoi
which degenerated into targeted attacks by Vietnamese nationalists against foreign
The rig, located in disputed waters between the two Asia-Pacific
nations, has "finished exploration" and will be moved. This is
confirmed by an official press release from the China National Petroleum Corp
(CNCP), which will now proceed to analyze the data collected over two and a
half months of activity.
Tensions between Vietnam and China were sparked by China's
place platform for oil exploration in the disputed waters around the Paracel
Islands last May 1. Beijing followed this up by sending naval ships, fighter jets
and helicopters off the east coast of Vietnam to patrol the area.
This exacerbated nationalist sentiments in a large portion
of the Vietnamese population, which responded with violent
protests including assaults and arson, leading to two deaths and more
than 140 wounded. The United States also condemned the Chinese government's actions,
calling it "provocative" and "aggressive"; it also led to repeated
clashes between the both Vietnamese and Chinese Navies, with ramming maneuvers and
exchanges of gunfire.
Vietnamese coast guard sources and a group of local fishermen, confirm that the
platform is being moved towards the Chinese island of Hainan. The removal
operations began late yesterday evening. Signs of oil and gas were found in the
operation," Xinhua quoted the CNPC statement as saying, and CNPC
"will assess the data collected and decide on the next step". Moreover, in recent weeks, the Chinese government
announced its intention to place
three more oil rigs in disputed waters, provoking anger among Hanoi nationalists.
Vietnam and the
Philippines have been increasingly worried about Beijing's imperialism in the
South China and East China seas. The Chinese government claims most of the sea
(almost 85 per cent), including sovereignty over the disputed
Spratly and Paracel islands, in opposition to Vietnam, Taiwan, the
Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. For
the United States, which backs the claims of Southeast Asia nations, Beijing's
so-called 'cow tongue' line is both "illegal" and
"irrational". Anyone with a hegemonic sway over the region would have
a strategic advantage, in terms of seabed (oil and gas) development, but also
in trade since two thirds of the world's maritime traffic goes through it.
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South China Sea, Beijing accuses Hanoi of fomenting tension and will not give in
The head of the People's Liberation Army, currently visiting the U.S., Vietnam is responsible for the escalation of anti-Chinese violence. Warning to Washington to stay out of dispute. China will continue the explorations and "ensure the safety of the platform". Vietnamese premier says protests are "legitimate".
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Some satellite images released today show China claiming lands within the Philippines Economic Zone in the South China Sea. With the use of dredgers and the construction of dams, the Chinese are moving earth to submerged reefs, creating artificial islets. In addition to the long-standing claim to the Mischief Reefs (occupied by the Chinese in 1995 and claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines), China is illegally occupying six other reefs in the Spratlys islands. China’s action on the coral reefs began in February. Satellite images show that the man-made land will host ports, gas stations, and airstrips. Japan fears China’s rearmament in the region.
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Tokyo and Hanoi to challenge Chinese sovereignty in the East/South East China Sea
Japan lodges a formal protest with China because one of ships threateningly approached a Japanese vessel. Vietnam complains about a unilateral fishing ban imposed by China in a disputed area also claimed by Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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