Vietnam, China PMs agree to settle sea disputes peacefully

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The prime ministers of Vietnam and China said they both intend to settle East Sea disputes peacefully at their meeting in China's Nanning City Monday, Vietnam News Agency reported.


The discussion between PM Nguyen Tan Dung with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang coincided with the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the 10th China-ASEAN Business-Investment Summit.


The two leaders held that both nations need to cooperate to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, and resolve every point of contention via non-violent negotiations.


PM Dung emphasized that the two sides should strictly abide by the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China, satisfactorily settle disputes on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).


He also suggested the two countries establish hotlines between the two defense ministries and fishery agencies as agreed in order to promptly deal with problems that arise, especially those relating to fishing vessels.


Chinese Premier Li said that the Chinese Party, State and people have always understood the importance of China's relationship with Vietnam and that they now seek to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership with their southerly neighbor.


During their talks, the two leaders said they were delighted with recent positive developments in terms of the two countries' bilateral ties.


They also agreed: to increase visits and meetings between respective high-ranking; enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields, especially economics and trade in order to fulfill the target of increasing bilateral trade to US$60 billion by 2015; to implement large-scale joint economic projects, especially those involving infrastructure; and to bolster cultural exchanges between the two peoples.


Li accepted PM Dung's invitation to visit Vietnam at his soonest convenience.


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