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Viet Nam, China discuss sea territory off Tonkin Gulf

Update: June, 01/2013 - 09:41
HA NOI (VNS)— Vietnamese and Chinese experts discussed the sea area off the Tonkin Gulf during the third round of negotiations in Ha Noi on Thursday and Friday.

In a friendly, frank and constructive atmosphere, both parties confirmed their determination to push forward negotiations on the basis of the common perception of the two countries' leaders and the principles defined in the "Agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China" signed in October 2010. They also declared they would continue to follow the roadmap and principles agreed during the previous rounds.

The two sides presented their detailed opinions on the demarcation of the sea area beyond the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf and agreed to discuss finding locations where they can implement co-operation for mutual development in this area.

They reached an agreement to establish a group of technical experts to jointly survey the sea area off the Tonkin Gulf in order to perform the negotiation tasks.

They also agreed to organise the fourth round of their talks on this area later this year in China. — VNS

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