VGP – Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi held talks on Wednesday in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
The two FMs exchanged views on the relations between the two countries over the past time and measures to beef up Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the time to come. They also discussed on regional and international issues of common concern.
Regarding the bilateral relations, both sides affirmed the importance of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, saying the bilateral ties have been developing stably, benefiting peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
The two sides agreed to boost exchange of delegations at all levels and to promote people-to-people exchange.
They also agreed that the two foreign ministries need to foster coordination to to make effective contributions to bilateral cooperation.
For East Sea issue, the two FMs affirmed to settle all disputes through peaceful and friendly negotiations with respect to legitimate interests based on common awareness reached by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders and the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of the sea-related issues.
Foreign Minister Minh also raised Vietnam’s concern over the recent complications in the East Sea, rejected against China’s establishment of so-called Sansha city and the international invitation for bids at nine blocks within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. He also stressed the need to comply with international laws, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.
By Huong Giang