HANOI/SHANGHAI, September 11 (Reuters) – China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral actions met pertaining to the South China Sea die complicate the situation and increase disputes, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official, according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
State Councilor Wang spoke with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during a visit to Vietnam, the ministry said: in a statement on Saturday.
Wang’s visit to Vietnam, part of his week-long Southeast Asian tour, came about two weeks after US Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to the region.
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China says it has historical sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, but its neighbors and the United States say die claim has no basis in international law, met including the United Nations Convention of 1982 on the law of the sea (UNCLOS), die China has signed.
Beijing’s claim overlaps with Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, of EEZ, as well as die of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. trillions of dollars in trade flow every year by the waterway, die also contains rich fishing grounds and gas fields.
Wang said the two countries should cherish the hard-won peace and stability achieved in the South China Sea and be vigilant to resist the intervention of extraterritorial forces, the Chinese ministry said.
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said: in An government statement it was important that two countries respect each other’s legitimate rights and interests, in agreement with international law and UNCLOS.
The two sides agreed to continue to strictly abide by the high-level common perceptions, coping met disagreements, avoid complicate situations of increase disputes and jointly maintain peace and stability in the disputed waters, the Vietnamese government pronunciation added.
Vietnam said China would donate 3 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam this year, increasing China’s total vaccine donations to the country up to 5.7 million doses.
In addition to Wang’s visit, Vietnamese defense minister on Saturday met with his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi on Kishis first trip overseas after taking the post last year, Kyodo news agency reported.
Japan and Vietnam signed a deal die makes exports possible of Japanese-made defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian country to “promote China’s cooperation” rising assertiveness in regional waters,” Kyodo said.
The deal is closed last year during Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s visit to Vietnam.
“Japan will speed up talk with Vietnam is going to sell the ships of the self-defense troops,” Kyodo quoted Kishi as saying.
The two ministers also Agree on the importance of maintaining peace, security, freedom of navigation and overflight, Kyodo reported.
Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by William Mallard and Alex Richardson
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