China calls on Vietnam to withdraw ships from South China Sea

BEIJING Thu May 8, 2014 5:25am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China on demanded on Thursday that Vietnam withdraw its ships from a part of the disputed South China Sea, saying that Vietnamese ships intentionally collided with Chinese vessels in the area.

Yi Xianliang, deputy director-general of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, also said at a briefing that Vietnam had sent armed vessels to the area, but China only had civilian ships there.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee)

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