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China, Vietnam agree to properly handle maritime issues

Updated: Aug 4,2018 9:25 AM     Xinhua

SINGAPORE — Visiting State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed on Aug 3 with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to cope properly with maritime issues.

The two met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers meetings and related meetings held in Singapore from Aug 2 to 4.

Wang said that China-Vietnam ties have maintained a good momentum of development, and China is willing to work together with Vietnam to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields, and strive for regional peace and stability.

The top leaders of China and Vietnam have reached important political consensus on properly handling the maritime issues. Accordingly the two sides should carry them out to the letter, said Wang.

He also expressed the hope that the Vietnamese side would deal with and manage maritime issues more discretely so as to safeguard mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries.

Pham Binh Minh said that the Vietnamese side hopes to further enhance contacts of different levels between the two parties and two countries, and to expand bilateral cooperation on investment and trade.

Vietnam is willing to join hands with China to implement the important consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries, and properly handle maritime issues.