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Vietnam said it resolutely opposes a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in a some parts of the Gulf of Tonkin, a maritime area shared by the two countries, in the latest of a series of disputes in and around the South China Sea.

China’s move came as the two neighbours seek to patch up ties since a bilateral row erupted in May last year when China deployed a $1-billion oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam. That lead to confrontation at sea between rival vessels and violent anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam.

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