China and Vietnam pledged to manage their maritime disputes, stressing the need for continued dialogue to ensure stability in the South China Sea.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who began a trip to Hanoi Thursday, said the two sides “needed to manage disagreements well, using consultations to maintain (and) preserve stability on the seas”.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, meanwhile, stressed to Xi that the two nations should “study demilitarization in the East Sea (South China Sea), ensuring security and safety of navigation and aviation,” Reuters reported, citing a statement from Vietnamese Foreign Ministry.
During the Xi trip, the two sides signed twelve bilateral agreements, including several financing deals involving Chinese banks, although details were not available.
China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner and biggest source of imports.
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