China has taken to the United Nations to complain about alleged infractions by Vietnam around a Chinese oil drilling rig in disputed waters.
Deputy Ambassador Wang Min sent the complaint to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and asked him to circulate it among all member countries.
The move came after Vietnam sought the support of Italy in Hanoi’s maritime dispute with Beijing over the oil rig which it said infringes its sovereignty, Global Times reported Wednesday.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung showed visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Hanoi’s version of the South China Sea map.
Renzi’s expression of deep concern over the situation was described as a major triumph by Vietnamese newspapers.
In its UN complaint, China accused Vietnam of disrupting its drilling operations in the South China Sea. Both countries claim sovereignty over waters where the rig operates.
Wang said China hopes to develop friendly relations with Vietnam but will not give up principles, China News Service reported.
He called on Vietnam authorities to refrain from interfering with the rig’s operations and withdraw all Vietnamese ships from the area to ease tensions.
On Tuesday, Vietnamese media reported that China deployed two more battleships around the rig, bringing the total to six.
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