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Published: Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 3:56:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 3:57:16 PM

China says told Vietnam to stop "hyping up" South China Sea oil rig row

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top diplomat told Vietnamese officials on Wednesday that Hanoi must stop "hyping up" a row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, China's Foreign Ministry said.

State Councillor Yang Jiechi also told his hosts during a visit to Hanoi that China's drilling in the area was "completely legal" and added that the disputed Paracel Islands belonged to China, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing in Beijing.

Nevertheless, both sides believed the talks were "constructive", Hua added.

(Reporting By Ben Blanchard, Writing by Megha Rajagopalan. Editing by Dean Yates)

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