Foreign Ministers from China and Vietnam promised to address disputes peacefully. The commitment came during a meeting between Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is currently on an official visit to the country.
“Both sides should abide by the basic governing principles on resolving maritime issues. Both sides should not apply unilateral measures that would complicate the situation,” China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Hanoi.
His Vietnamese counterpart also repeated calls to resolve disputes peacefully.
“We are ready to work with China to resolve arising issues,” Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh told reporters.
Vietnam’s tensions with Beijing in the waterway have primarily played out behind closed doors. But violent protests erupted in Vietnam in 2014 after Beijing moved an oil rig into a Vietnamese-claimed territory.
Last month, a US aircraft carrier made a visit to Vietnam — the first since the end of the war in 1975 and last week they handed over six patrol boats and equipment worth a combined $20 million.
On sea disputes, PM Phuc put pressure on the serious implementation of the agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of issues at sea between Vietnam and China. Saying the problems must be taken in respect of each other’s legal benefits and international regulations, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Vietnamese president, for his part, said the Chinese government sent State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to attend the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation leaders’ Meeting.