HANOI — Việt Nam on Thursday demanded China withdraw the survey ship Xiang Yang Hong 10 and its escorting flotilla of coast guard and fishing vessels from Vietnamese waters.

Deputy spokesperson for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Phạm Thu Hằng made the remark in response to a reporter’s question on Việt Nam’s reaction to recent Chinese intrusion by Chinese vessels into Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the East Sea (known internationally as the South China Sea).

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