Vietnam, China pledge no use of force in East Sea

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Vietnam and China once again agreed to solve the East Sea disputes with peaceful measures at the latest meeting between the two countries' military officials in Beijing, Vietnam News Agency reported Friday.

The two countries need to stay calm and be patient in the negotiations to solve disputes in accordance with international laws, Ngo Xuan Lich, who led a delegation of Vietnamese high-ranking military officials to the meeting.

VNA quoted Lich, who is head of the Vietnam People's Army's General Department of Politics, as saying that the disputes stemmed from complicated historical issues of which the two countries have different points of view.

Vietnamese people hope related parties not to use force or threaten to use force, he said.

Disputes between the two countries have to be solved on a bilateral basis, while those related to other countries need to be solved via multilateral discussions among related parties, Lich added.

In response to Lich's statement, Li Jinai, Director-General of the China People's Liberation Army's General Political Department, said the disputes on the East Sea, also known as South China Sea, are just a part of the two countries' relationship and shouldn't affect the good bilateral relations.

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