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China says agreement reached with Vietnam over East Sea

Released at: 17:05, 03/11/2017

China says agreement reached with Vietnam over East Sea

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: VGP

Senior Chinese diplomat tells news briefing that understanding reached in August.

by Quang Huy

China and Vietnam have reached agreement on managing their dispute in the East Sea through friendly talks at a meeting between the two country’s foreign ministers in August on the sidelines of a regional gathering in Manila, a senior Chinese diplomat said on November 3.

Speaking before Chinese President Xi Jinping comes to Vietnam next week for a State visit and to attend the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Mr. Chen Xiaodong said national leaders from the two countries have held many “deep, frank” discussions on maritime issues. “They have reached an important consensus,” Mr. Chen told a news briefing.

“Both sides will uphold the principle of friendly consultations and dialogue to jointly manage and control maritime disputes and protect the bigger picture of developing Sino-Vietnam relations and stability in the East Sea,” Mr. Chen added.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh said in a statement late on November 2 that he had proposed in a meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the two countries will resolve disputes based on common sense and international law.

Mr. Wang is paying an official visit to Vietnam from November 2 to 3 at the invitation of Mr. Minh.

He is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong during the two-day visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on November 2.

Mr. Wang’s visit comes days before Vietnam kicks off the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, an event that will also see all APEC economic leaders, including Mr. Xi Jinping from China, Mr. Vladimir Putin from Russia, Mr.  Donald Trump from the US and Mr. Shinzo Abe from Japan in attendance.

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