Chinese top diplomat to visit Vietnam again

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Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) shakes hands with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) at the government's guesthouse in Hanoi on June 18, 2014. Photo credit: AFP Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) shakes hands with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) at the government's guesthouse in Hanoi on June 18, 2014. Photo credit: AFP

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Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi will pay a visit to Vietnam on October 27 and co-host a meeting of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a press release.
The release said Yang will co-host the meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh. It does not elaborate on the purposes of the visit. 
It will be Yang’s second visit to Vietnam within five months. 
He arrived in Hanoi in June to engage in talks with Vietnamese top leaders -- Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, as well as Minister Minh. 
Their meeting took place amid heightened tension in bilateral ties after China illegally deployed a giant US$1-billion oil rig into Vietnam’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in May. 
During separate meetings with Yang, Vietnamese leaders slammed the deployment of China's first rig and demanded that China withdraw the rig and its armada from Vietnamese waters.
China withdrew the rig from Vietnamese waters in mid-July.
Last week, Chinese and Vietnamese leaders met on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit in Italy and agreed to "address and control" maritime disputes.

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