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China says will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam

Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Nguyen Minh

Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh

Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh
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Damage on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44044 which Chinese authorities say was caused by a collision with Vietnam ships in South China Sea May 3, 2014 is seen in this handout provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters

Damage on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44044 which Chinese authorities say was caused by a collision with Vietnam ships in South China Sea May 3, 2014 is seen in this handout provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry...more

Damage on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44044 which Chinese authorities say was caused by a collision with Vietnam ships in South China Sea May 3, 2014 is seen in this handout provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters
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A Chinese maritime policeman (R) uses flags to signal to Vietnamese ship KN-762 (L), which according to Chinese authorities collided with Chinese coast guard ship 46001 in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 2, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters

A Chinese maritime policeman (R) uses flags to signal to Vietnamese ship KN-762 (L), which according to Chinese authorities collided with Chinese coast guard ship 46001 in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 2, 2014 provided by Chinese...more

A Chinese maritime policeman (R) uses flags to signal to Vietnamese ship KN-762 (L), which according to Chinese authorities collided with Chinese coast guard ship 46001 in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 2, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters
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Chinese maritime policemen on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44101 pull a wooden log, which according to Chinese authorities was placed in the waters by Vietnam on purpose as obstacles, in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 5, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters

Chinese maritime policemen on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44101 pull a wooden log, which according to Chinese authorities was placed in the waters by Vietnam on purpose as obstacles, in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 5, 2014 provided by...more

Chinese maritime policemen on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44101 pull a wooden log, which according to Chinese authorities was placed in the waters by Vietnam on purpose as obstacles, in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 5, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via Reuters
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