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    Why China Just Pulled Its Provocative Oil Rig From Disputed Waters In The South China Sea

    China has removed a controversial oil rig in contested waters of the South China Sea. The rig’s provocative placements in the Paracel islands, claimed by China, Vietnam, and other countries in the region, sparked deadly Vietnamese riots against foreign-owned factories, collisions between Vietnamese and Chinese ships, and fear throughout the region of armed conflict erupting.

    The oil rig, operated by China Oilfield Services Limited (CSOL), was originally expected to explore the area around the contested Paracels, claimed by both China and Vietnam, until mid-August. So why has China abruptly left a month early and moved its giant oil rig to the Chinese island of Hainan?

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