Last update 6/27/2011 11:23:00 AM (GMT+7)

VN, China vow to resolve East Sea issue peacefully

VietNamNet Bridge – A special envoy of high ranking Vietnamese officials led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son met with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Beijing on Saturday to convey the Vietnamese leaders' opinions regarding bilateral relations and the East Sea.

The Chinese State Councillor presented the stance and policy of China on the development of bilateral relations and the East Sea issue.

Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Son held talks with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun.

The two sides maintained that the relationship between Viet Nam and China was developing in a healthy and stable manner, meeting the common aspirations and fundamental interests of the Vietnamese and Chinese people, and benefiting peace, stability and development in the region.

The two sides underlined the need to persist in directing the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership to develop in line with the motto of "friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive co-operation, durable stability and future-oriented vision", and the spirit of "good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners".

The two sides also emphasised the necessity to actively implement the common perception of the two countries' leaders, peacefully solving the two countries' disputes at sea through negotiations and friendly consultation while employing effective measures and working together to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea.

They also laid stress on the need to steer public opinion in the correct direction, avoiding comments and deeds that could harm the friendship and trust of the peoples of the two countries.

The two sides agreed to speed up the tempo of negotiations in order to sign an "Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea issues between Viet Nam and China" as soon as possible, and boost the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and follow-up activities so that substantial progress can be made soon.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News