SHANGHAI (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, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: on Saturday.
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.
China says it has historical sovereignty over most of the waterway, 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, die China has signed.
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 ministry said.
On Friday, Vietnam said China will donate 3 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/vietnam-says-china-donate-3-million-more-coronavirus vaccines-2021-09-10 to Vietnam this year, increasing China’s total vaccine donations to the Southeast Asian country up to 5.7 million doses.
(Reporting by Brenda Goh; editing by William Mallard)
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