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China, Vietnam agree to negotiate border dispute in South China Sea

(31 October 2014)

A meeting Monday between the State Councilor of China, Yang Jiechi, and the Foreign Minister of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh, resulted in new promises relating to their disputed border in the South China Sea. The Chinese foreign ministry reported that the two countries would “properly use a border negotiation mechanism between the two governments to seek a basic, lasting resolution both sides can accept” and would “not take any acts to complicate or expand the disagreement.”

The meeting represents a rapprochement between the two countries. In May 2014, Chinese and Vietnamese vessels clashed at sea after the Chinese located a drilling rig in disputed waters. That confrontation was followed by protests against Chinese residents in Vietnam. In June 2014 during another Chinese official visit to Vietnam, Yang accused Vietnam of “hyping up” the dispute. However, a meeting between leaders of the two countries last week at the Asia-Europe summit in Italy ended warmly, with an agreement to address the disputed maritime boundary.

Sources:

China, Vietnam say want lasting solution to sea dispute, 27 October 2014, by Main Nguyen and Ben Blanchard, Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/27/us-china-vietnam-idUSKBN0IG0Y220141027

China, Vietnam agree to find lasting solution to territorial dispute in South China Sea, 27 October 2014, DNA India, http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-china-vietnam-agree-to-find-lasting-solution-to-territorial-dispute-in-south-china-sea-2029576