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US decry China for maritime conflict with Vietnam

The lawmakers of the United States harshly criticize China for its behavior in the conflict with Vietnam over the South China Sea, Taiwan News reported, citing AP.

An coordinated group of six US senators, most of whom are on the country's foreign policy committee, called the start of work on a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea and the aggression by Chinese ships "deeply disturbing."

Senators said that unilateral attempts to change the status quo or use force will only lead to increased instability in the region.

Personally, Senator Eliot Engel accused China of “unnecessary provocation” and called for direct negotiations with Vietnam. The senator also assured that the United States is interested in ensuring that the South China Sea region remains stable and peaceful.

The PRC declares its sovereign right to the disputed territory. Vietnam, in turn, insists that the oil rig is installed on its continental shelf.

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