REFILE-Vietnam PM says Chinese oil rig threatens regional peace

Wed May 21, 2014 7:04am EDT

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MANILA May 21 (Reuters) - China's positioning of its biggest mobile oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea seriously threatens peace, stability, and maritime safety, Vietnam's prime minister said on Wednesday, urging the international community to condemn Beijing's action.

Nguyen Tan Dung held two-way talks with Philippine President Benigno Aquino during an official two-day visit to Manila to discuss defence and security and economic and cultural ties.

"China's illegal placement of the oil rig seriously threatens peace, stability, maritime safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea," the Vietnamese prime minister said in a statement after the meeting at the presidential palace in Manila.

"The two sides are determined to oppose China's violations and called on the international community to condemn China's actions." (Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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