Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions

June 17, 2014 8:49 AM

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BEIJING — China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam on Tuesday in a sign the two countries want to ease tensions over China's deployment of an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea, but experts said there were many obstacles to healing the ruptured relationship.

The visit by State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will be the highest level direct contact between Beijing and Hanoi since a Chinese state oil company parked the rig in waters claimed by both countries on May 2.

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