​Vietnam deputy premier urges China not to complicate East Vietnam Sea situation

​Vietnam deputy premier urges China not to complicate East Vietnam Sea situation

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister of Wang Yi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has called on China to refrain from complicating the situation in the East Vietnam Sea during his talks with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister of Wang Yi in Hanoi on Sunday.

The event was held as part of the Chinese minister’s visit official visit to Vietnam and attendance at the 6th Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit (GMS-6) from March 30 to April 3.

During their conversation, Minh asserted that the Vietnamese state and government always focus on the development of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China.

The two officials agreed on promoting visits among two countries’ leaders, cementing cooperation between ministries and departments, and implementing common perceptions and cooperation between both nations.

They also support the settlement of existing problems to maintaining the stable and positive development of bilateral relations.

Deputy PM Minh suggested measures to promote the significant role of the steering committee for Vietnam-China bilateral cooperation,

He asked Beijing to provide favorable conditions for Vietnamese products to enter the local market, and to develop bilateral trade in a balanced and healthy manner.

The Vietnamese deputy premier also urged enhancement of win-win cooperation in the agriculture, environmental protection, climate change response, science and technology, finance, transport, and economic matters.

Minh expressed his concern over potential factors that can intensify tension in the East Vietnam Sea, stressing that the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnam should be respected in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Both parties should implement the common perceptions reached by their leaders and the Vietnam-China agreement on fundamental principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues, while persistently resolving disputes in the maritime area via peaceful measures.

They should manage maritime disputes without taking any actions to complicate the situation, thus maintaining peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea, Minh asserted.

Replying to his host, Minister Wang stated that China is willing to work with Vietnam to increase strategic exchanges and political trust, deepen cooperation, and properly address disputes, for the benefits of both nations and peace in the region.

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