China drilling to go on despite riot

May 16, 2014, 1:10 AM EDT
People's Liberation Army of China Chief of the General Staff Gen. Fang Fenghui hold a joint press conference with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey following a bilateral meeting at the Pentagon on May 15, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.
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China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam. Top General Fang Fenghui said Beijing could not "afford to lose an inch" of territory, blaming Hanoi for stirring up trouble in the region. Speaking in the U.S., he also warned that America's efforts to increase its focus on Asia were fuelling tensions.
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