Vietnam, China pledge cooperation instead of conflict

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Vietnam and China have pledged to control their territorial conflicts and not let them damage the comprehensive partnership.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, who was last week named to the Politburo - Vietnam Party's decision-making unit, met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on May 10 during his three-day visit to Beijing.

The two leaders also called for more exchanges between high-raking officials to boost economic ties and develop infrastructure along the border as well as cultural centers in each other's countries.

Li hailed China's relations with Vietnam and agreed to keep conflicts under control.

He agreed to visit Vietnam soon upon an invitation.

Nhan's visit took place even as 32 Chinese fishing boats headed toward the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago off central Vietnam, one of many moves Vietnam has protested against, accusing Chinese boats of violating its territory and related international conventions.

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