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    Southeast Asia
     Jun 19, '14


Deadlock in South China Sea talks
By Joshua Lipes

Beijing and Hanoi reached an impasse in talks on Wednesday over their latest territorial spat, as China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned Vietnam against disrupting the deployment of a


controversial oil rig and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged its giant neighbor to withdraw the equipment.

Tensions have spiraled since May 2 when a Chinese state-run oil company deployed the rig near Vietnam's coast. Many had expected the visit to Hanoi by State Councilor Yang, who ranks higher than China's Foreign Minister, to ease the strain.

But the language used by the state media of both countries indicated that the crisis would linger on.

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