Vietnam's Party chief hopes to settle disputes with China peacefully

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that he hoped Vietnam and China would resolve all existing issues via peaceful dialogues on the basis of agreements reached by both nations' leaders, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Li visited Vietnam from October 13 to 15 as part of a week-long Southeast Asian tour. He was in Hanoi meeting with Trong on Monday.

The Vietnamese Party chief urged both nations to continue taking on the responsibility of further developing the countries' bilateral friendship. He called the relationship a "common treasure shared by the two peoples."

Trong said the outcomes of Li's talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung one day earlier were positive and said he hoped that both countries would enhance high-level visits, and work to develop Vietnam-China strategic cooperative partnership healthily and stably for the sake of the two peoples, and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Premier Li made it clear that the Chinese Party and government pay special attention to developing a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam.

China will do its best, together with the Vietnamese Party, State and people, to contribute to a positive and stable Vietnam-China friendship and cooperation, he said.

In their meeting, PM Dung and his Chinese counterpart discussed measures to deepen the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership in new emerging contexts. 

PM Dung said the visit will contribute to furthering the friendly and cooperative ties between the two Parties, countries and peoples.  

He extended condolences from the Chinese Party, State and people to Vietnam over the death of General Vo Nguyen Giap, an outstanding military leader.


The two PMs discussed in depth the relations between the two countries over the years and measures to deepen the two countries' strategic partnership in the current time.  

Among other things, the two countries will strive to lift two-way trade to US$60 billion by 2015. Measures will be taken to sustain a trade balance, expand financial and monetary links and foster resilience to financial risks. The two countries will also deploy key transport connectivity projects. 


On maritime issues, both host and guest agreed to implement an agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of Vietnam-China sea-related issues.  


The two government leaders agreed to focus their work on existing negotiations and accelerate the working pace of working groups on waters off the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf and on cooperation in less sensitive issues at sea.


The two sides agreed to exercise tight control of sea disputes and not to make any move that could  further complicate or extend the disputes, making good use of the hotlines between the two foreign ministries and the two agriculture ministries to promptly and suitably deal with arising problems.

At the same time, the two sides will continue to actively discuss and seek effective measures to control disputes and maintain the overall good relations between Vietnam and China and maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea.


The two sides agreed to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the South China Sea, enhance trust, promote cooperation and work together to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea in the spirit and principles of the DOC and strive for an early conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea on the basis of consensus.


Following their talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of a series of bilateral cooperation documents, including an agreement on the opening of trade promotion agencies in each other's countries and a joint project on researching sea and island environmental management in the Tonkin Gulf.


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