11/11/2015 09:37 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam – China Consent to Control Disputes at Sea

On a State-level visit to Vietnam by Party General Secretary/President of China Xi Jinping from November 5-6, 2015, leaders of the two Parties and States discussed many issues in depth, including the East Sea issue,contributing greatly to cementing the traditional friendship, deepening the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership, and promoting peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
During his stay in Vietnam, Party General Secretary/President of China Xi Jinping held talks with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang; met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung; and attended other important events.

At the talks, the two sides emphasised the importance of strengthening the traditional friendship of the two parties and two nations in a new situation and agreed to have a thorough understanding of the right direction in the Vietnam – China friendship. They also reached a consensus on maintaining high-level exchanges, fostering political trust; promoting economics – trade cooperation, developing investment in efficiency, balance and healthiness; expanding cooperation in science-technology, education, culture and tourism.  They will implement the three documents on land border management between the two countries and promote the development of the two countries’ border areas.
 

The official welcoming ceremony is solemnly held at the Presidential Palace with the highest formalities for a head of state.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


 Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds talks with Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping witness
the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation agreements. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping attend
the 16th Vietnam-China Youth Friendship Meeting. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA


 State President Truong Tan Sang receives and holds talks with Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping.
Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping.

 
 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping at the
National Assembly House. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA


Chinese Party General Secretary/President Xi Jinping addresses Vietnam’s National Assembly.
Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

In terms of the issue at sea, the two sides candidly discussed and stressed the strict adherence to important common perceptions reached between senior leaders of the two Parties and States, the full implementation of the Vietnam-China agreement on principles guiding the settlement of sea issues. They also underlined using the government-level negotiating mechanism on the two countries’ border and territories; seeking basic and long-term solutions acceptable for both sides.They made positive deliberations on transitional measures that do not affect each side’s stance and policies, including research and discussion on co-operation for development.

The two sides agreed to jointly control disputes at sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), push for an early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) on the basis of consultations, and avoid actions that would further complicate the situation and expand disputes and properly deal with arising issues, for the sake of peace and stability in the East Sea and Vietnam-China relations.
 
By VNA/VNP
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