The foreign ministers of Vietnam and China have affirmed that all disputes on the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea, will be settled through peaceful and friendly negotiations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Hanoi on Sunday.
Minh said that both sides should persist in addressing sea-related disputes "on the basis of the Vietnam-China agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues," and international law.
He said this referred especially to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).
He said all these measures were looking towards the building of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).
During their talks, the two FMs discussed measures to speed up the implementation of agreements, especially the action plan to realize a Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Regarding border and territorial issues, the two FMs praised the two countries' cooperation in implementing three land border-related documents.
Together they declared that their ministries would actively encourage relevant agencies to talk for an agreement on tourism development at the Ban Gioc waterfall and an agreement on regulations on the free travel of ships at the mouth of the Bac Luan river to be signed soon.
Before arriving in Vietnam, Wang also visited Malaysia, Thailand and Laos, reviewing the achievements in bilateral ties with each country and paving the way for deeper cooperation in the future.