Tensions between China and Vietnam escalated over the weekend as each nation accused the other of violating its sovereignty in the oil-rich South China Sea.
Petro Vietnam, the state-owned oil and gas monopoly, said on Sunday that China had sabotaged Vietnamese oil exploration vessels, the latest accusation between the countries over the disputed waters.
越南国家石油公司高管杜文后(Do Van Hau)表示：“当我们在开展地震监测和钻探活动的时候，他们（中国）的直升机盘旋在周围监视我们的活动，用船只骚扰我们，甚至割断了我们的（勘探）电缆。”
“When we conduct seismic survey and drilling operations, they [China] have aeroplanes flying over to survey our activities, they harass us with their vessels, and in extreme cases they cut our [exploration] cables,” said Do Van Hau, a senior Petro Vietnam official.
中越关系再度出现紧张之际，中国国防部长梁光烈和美国国防部长罗伯特•盖茨(Robert Gates)正准备出席定于下周末在新加坡举行、引人瞩目的亚洲防务年度论坛——“香格里拉对话”(Shangri-La Dialogue)。梁光烈将成为首位出席该论坛的中国国防部长。
The renewed tensions come as Liang Guanglie, the Chinese defence minister, and Robert Gates, his US counterpart, prepare to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-profile annual Asia defence forum in Singapore next weekend. Mr Liang’s appearance will mark the first time a Chinese defence minister has participated in the meeting.
The Vietnamese harassment claims will put the South China Sea issue back in focus ahead of the regional security meeting, which in recent years has increasingly focused on Chinese maritime behaviour in the disputed waters. South-east Asian countries are concerned about what they perceive to be Beijing’s increasingly assertive behaviour in regional waters.
The rising tensions have also attracted the attention of Washington. Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, angered Beijing last July by insisting that the South China Sea was of strategic importance to the US and offering to act as a mediator.
In addition to China and Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan all claim part or all of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain vast oil and gas reserves and incorporates key trade routes and abundant fish stocks.
On Sunday, PetroVietnam said the Chinese boats that approached one of its vessels on Thursday had deliberately cut an exploration cable, which had been submerged to 30 metres to protect it from oncoming ships.
Petro Vietnam is working with a number of large international oil companies, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, to explore and develop oil and gas assets in South China Sea waters claimed by Vietnam. Mr Hau said that this latest incident “will impact on the attitudes of foreign investors”.
2011-05-30 11:37 编辑：典典
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