Vietnam, China to handle sea dispute 'peaceful, friendly': defence ministers

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Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (R) and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chang Wanqua Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (R) and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chang Wanqua

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Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
During a "candid" discussion in Hanoi, Vietnamese Minister of Defence Phung Quang Thanh and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan agreed that the two countries will work to turn the East Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation, the report said, using the Vietnamese name of the South China Sea.
Two sides will exert all-out efforts to seek fundamental and long-term solutions acceptable to both sides, seriously abide by common agreements and perceptions reached by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders, strictly observe the principles and spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and work towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), according to the report.
The ministers shared the view that the two armies should keep calm, restrain themselves, well control the situation, avoid conflicts and not threaten to use force in order to protect peace, stability, collaboration and the interests of the two countries, the region and the world as a whole.
At the same time, the two sides will strengthen the bilateral affiliation in a pragmatic, effective, stable and sustainable fashion, thus making defence cooperation one of the pillars of the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two countries.
On this occasion, the two ministers witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two defence ministries in the field of UN peace-keeping missions.

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