China, Vietnam Agree to Manage South China Sea Spat

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January 15, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend a welcoming ceremony held by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong  and his wife Ngo Thi Man in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 5, 2015. File photo:  Foreign Ministry, China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend a welcoming ceremony held by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and his wife Ngo Thi Man in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 5, 2015. File photo: Foreign Ministry, China

China and Vietnam pledged to manage maritime differences over the South China Sea and safeguard peace and stability.

 
Communist Party chiefs of China and Vietnam agreed in Beijing on Thursday that two countries should expand cooperation in various fields including maritime exploration and put ties on the right track.
 
According to the communique issued on Saturday, China and Vietnam had “a candid exchange of views” on maritime issues, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Both sides agreed to manage maritime differences and avoid any acts that may complicate the situation and escalate tensions so as to safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea, said the communiqué.
 
The communiqué was issued as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong paid a four-day official visit to China since Thursday.
 
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