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Vietnam Rebukes China for ‘Untruthful’ Reports on Sea Ruling

  • Country disputes accounts saying premier respects China view
  • China claims nations support its stance on South China Sea
Activists hold anti-China banners in Hanoi on July 17.

Activists hold anti-China banners in Hanoi on July 17.

Photographer: Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images
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Vietnam criticized as "untruthful" Chinese state media reports that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc respected his Communist neighbor’s position on last week’s landmark South China Sea ruling and was interested in advancing two-way talks on the disputed waterway.

Phuc told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Mongolia last week that he didn’t endorse China’s stance on the international tribunal’s ruling, the Vietnamese government said in a statement late Monday. Phuc reiterated Vietnam’s welcoming of the court’s decision, which found no legal basis for China’s claim to "historic rights" to resources in the area.