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Beijing: No external reasons for oil rig relocation

2014-07-17 15:06 CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Gu Liping

The Chinese government says a decision by the China National Petroleum Corporation to end its test drilling near the Xisha Islands has nothing to do with Vietnam.

The Chinese oil giant announced this week that it's completed drilling a pair of test wells it began in May, saying signs of oil and gas have been found.

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry says the relocation of rig is in-line with the companies' own plans, and is not due to any external reasons.

The rig is now being moved to waters near Hainan as per CNPC's original plans.

The test-drilling near the Xisha Islands set off a series of violent demonstrations in Vietnam against Chinese interests in the country, as Vietnam also lays claims to the islands.

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