Top China diplomat to visit Vietnam amid oil rig row

China`s top diplomat will visit Vietnam this week, China`s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, amid an increasingly ugly spat over a Chinese oil rig in the disputed South China Sea.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jun 17, 2014, 14:10 PM IST

Beijing: China`s top diplomat will visit Vietnam this week, China`s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, amid an increasingly ugly spat over a Chinese oil rig in the disputed South China Sea.

China`s State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will visit Hanoi on Wednesday, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

It will be the highest level direct contact between the two sides since the rig began its operations in May.