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Vietnamese activists hold anti-China rally

Published: 08-Jul-12 05:57PM

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A woman holds up an anti-China poster during a rally in Hanoi on July 8, 2012. Hundreds of people staged the anti-China protest, the second one in a week, after the China National Offshore Oil announced last month that nine offshore blocks were available for exploration, and said it was seeking bids from foreign companies.


HANOI (AFP) - More than 200 protesters took to Hanoi's streets on Sunday in the second anti-China rally in the Vietnamese capital this month amid heightened territorial tensions over the South China Sea.

Demonstrators said they were stopped by security forces about 100m away from the Chinese embassy in the city, but no arrests were made in the latest public expression of discontent over Beijing's perceived aggression in the sea.

The crowd waved banners and chanted 'Paracel - Vietnam! Spratlys - Vietnam!' during the peaceful rally, in reference to two potentially oil-rich island chains claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi.

Last Sunday, smaller demonstrations were held in both Hanoi and the southern economic metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City as the maritime dispute once again flared following 11 street rallies on the issue last year.


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