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Vietnamese Protest over Islands Dispute with China

2 July 2012

A group of Vietnamese marched through the capital’s streets shouting “Down with China!” in a rare protest on Sunday following growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. About 200 people chanted in the rain as they walked through central Hanoi toward the Chinese embassy. Police did not attempt to quash the event, but the area near the embassy was cordoned off. The protest follows China’s recent announcement that it will open nine oil and gas lots for development to international bidders, even though the area overlaps with Vietnam’s current exploration contracts.—AP