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New protests in sea dispute

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 01:13

May 16 - Vietnamese and Filipino protesters descend on China's consulate in Manila in the worsening South China Sea territory row. Paul Chapman reports.

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China's consulate in the Philippines capital was the scene of the latest protest in the increasingly heated row over South China Sea territory. Filipino and Vietnamese activists turned out protest China's presence in disputed waters. Vietnam's been outraged by the arrival of an oil rig in a section of the sea claimed both by Hanoi and Beijing. The Philippines has accused China of a building an air strip on a reef which both nations regard as theirs. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-ORDINATOR AT THE VIETNAMESE FILIPINOS ASSOCIATION, ARYA NGUYEN, SAYING: "This action is very wrong, and if China can do it like this, they can deploy over anyone's territory with another oil rig or military base in what they so call the U-shaped lines. This one will be dangerous to every country in the Southeast of Asia." This checkpoint between Vietnam and Cambodia is a lot busier in recent days. Chinese nationals fleeing anti-Chinese rioting in Vietnam are flooding through here in their hundreds to escape. Factories perceived to be Chinese-owned have been set alight Up to 21 people are reported to have died in the violence. The government puts the death toll at one. Taiwanese firms have suffered the worst, mistaken by the rioters for Chinese-owned.

New protests in sea dispute

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 01:13

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