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China will install an oil platform on Vietnam's disputed territory
The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration announced the delivery of a second oil platform to the South China Sea, Izvestia newspaper reported. The platform will be located even closer to the coast of Vietnam than the previous one, which recently provoked massive protests from the Vietnamese.
Beijing is taking such a step to demonstrate rights to the Paracel Islands and the surrounding 200-mile exclusive economic zone, at the bottom of which significant hydrocarbon reserves are found. Lively shipping routes also pass through these waters. On the islands, in addition to Beijing and Hanoi, also applies to Taipei.
It is reported that the deployment of the new platform can exacerbate the relationship between the two countries.