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White House Urges Dialogue, Not Intimidation, In Dispute Over Chinese Oil Rig

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May 14, 2014 AT 8:38 AM
The dispute over the South China sea and anti-China violence in tightly controlled Vietnam have raised fears of an escalation in tensions between the Communist neighbors. The White House said on Wednesday that a dispute over the erection of a Chinese oil rig about 120 miles off the Vietnam coast needs to be resolved through dialogue, not intimidation. Spokesman Jay Carney said the United States is not a party to the dispute but said on a recent Asia tour, President Barack Obama had repeatedly stressed the need for peaceful dialogue on various disputes involving China and the South China Sea.