Hopes raised for rebuilding China - Vietnam relations
(26 September 2016)
In a recent trip to China, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s has raised hopes for rebuilding trust and mending ties between the two neighbouring states.
The official visit has been seen as an occasion to rebuild mutual trust and restore strained ties as a result of the South China Sea dispute.
One of the key points Prime Minister Phuc stressed in his meetings with Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, was “the extreme importance of strengthening political trust” between the two sides.
During their talks, Phuc and Chinese leaders pledged to “properly” manage their maritime disputes and foster friendly and healthy relations.
Both sides appear to be upbeat after the visit, with Xinhua, China’s official news agency, noting that with the visit, “a new era of stronger bilateral ties is well in sight.”
Whilst the trip has eased tensions, whether it will result in any major change in the relationship between the two countries remains to be seen.
Though both sides pledged to manage these disputes “properly” or “soundly”, their approaches remain significantly different from each other.