Tensions Cool As China Removes Oil Rig Off Vietnam

In this photo from May 15, 2014, China Coast Guard 3411 vessel, left, and Vietnam Coast Guard 4032 vessel sail in the waters claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. China's deployment of an oil rig off Vietnam's coast prompted a tense sea standoff and touched off deadly anti-China rioting. China recently removed the oil rig, though they have vowed to return. (Hau Dinh/AP)

China has moved an oil rig out of waters off Vietnam that both China and Vietnam claim, after two months of oil drilling there. China’s oil rig near the Paracel Islands sparked deadly protests in Vietnam and led to a naval standoff between the two countries.

Southeast Asia expert Murray Hiebert says U.S. diplomats “need to be worried” because China has vowed to return to drilling in the disputed waters. He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the situation.


  • Murray Hiebert, deputy director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. He tweets @MurrayHiebert1.
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