China, Vietnam to address maritime disputes without using 'megaphone diplomacy:' Xinhua

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Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks during the opening ceremony of the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit at a hotel in Bangkok December 20, 2014. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks during the opening ceremony of the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit at a hotel in Bangkok December 20, 2014.
Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday.
The agency's report follows a meeting in Hanoi on Friday between Chinese political advisor Yu Zhengsheng and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and it comes as Beijing backs off from aggressive attempts to press its territorial claims in the South China Sea
"Megaphone diplomacy can only trigger volatility in public opinion, which should be avoided by both sides," the report quoted Yu as saying.
"The maritime issue is highly complicated and sensitive, which requires negotiations to manage and control differences," he said.
In recent years China has grown more assertive about its claims in East Sea, which set China's sea border hundreds of kilometers south of its land mass to hug most Vietnam's coast.
China pressed those claims dramatically early in 2014 by placing an oil drilling rig in waters claimed by Vietnam, then confronted Vietnamese vessels attempting to approach the platform with water cannon and ramming tactics.
Beijing has since removed the oil rig and has signaled it wants better relations with Vietnam. China has recently launched initiatives for a regional investment bank and an infrastructure fund that would position it as a benevolent driver of regional economic development.

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