VN, China agree to properly handle maritime disagreements

14:01 | 19/10/2014

VGP – Viet Nam always hopes to shake hands with China to resolve maritime disputes via peaceful measures and international laws in respect for mutual benefits, and in the interest of regional and global peace and stability.

Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (left) and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan – Photo: VNA

Defense Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Party Central Committee’s Military Commission Fan Changlong on October 18 in Beijing held talks.  

Minister Thanh said Viet Nam treasures friendship and comprehensive cooperation with China , and hopes the two sides will work together to reinforce bilateral ties for the interests of the two parties, states and peoples. 

He suggested the two armies promote their traditional friendship and coordination for healthy and sustainable development. 

Regarding sovereignty disputes at sea, Minister Thanh reiterated Viet Nam’s consistent policy of addressing the issues by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). 

Viet Nam is joining efforts with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), the Minister said. 

For his part, Fan Changlong confirmed that China appreciates its relations with Viet Nam, describing the traditional cooperation as the valuable treasure of the two countries that needs to be further promoted.

Earlier, Defence Minister Thanh on October 17 met with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan during his official visit to China from October 16-18.

The two sides noted with pleasure the status of cooperation between the two armies in line with a protocol signed in 2003, saying that this should continue by facilitating more visits, personnel training, and holding joint patrols on the Gulf of Tonkin for a borderline of peace, stability and development. 

They agreed to enhance Party and political activities, with a focus on awareness campaigns and exchanges between young officers to raise mutual understanding between the two peoples./.

By Kim Loan