China-Vietnam sea incident not 'clash': China vice foreign minister
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said on Thursday that China and Vietnam could resolve disputes at sea peacefully and that an incident between the countries earlier this week in a part of the disputed South China Sea was not a "clash".
Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in an area where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region.
Cheng made the comments to reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Beijing.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Writing by Michael Martina)