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VN, China discuss East Sea situation

Update: June, 06/2013 - 09:49

BEIJING (VNS)— Building defense ties between Viet Nam and China will help nurture strategic trust between their parties, states and people, Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh said at the fourth Viet Nam-China strategic dialogue on defence in Beijing yesterday.

Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, led the Chinese delegation to the event.

The two sides discussed regional security issues of common concern, as well as bilateral military ties and the East Sea situation.

Vinh said the two armies should work together to create a peaceful environment in the East Sea, maintain the status quo, decrease their presence in sensitive areas and avoid actions that could cause misunderstanding.

He proposed the armies refrain from using force or threatening to use force and work towards the signing of an agreement to that effect.

Vinh suggested the two armies expand naval cooperation and humane treatment of fishermen working peacefully at sea.

Co-operation via the hotline set up between the two countries' navy commanders should be increased and the friendship between the two armies and people should be stepped up, he added.

Vinh highlighted several specific possibilities for further co-operation between the two armies. These included increasing information exchanges between strategic agencies, using national defence dialogues at the deputy minister level to assess situations and work out effective co-operation measures and promoting co-operation between naval forces and maritime police to create conditions for Party and State leaders to make strategic decisions.

The Chinese side agreed with Vinh's suggestions and acknowledged the existence of conflicts, saying that in such situations it was important to find commonalities and strive for dialogue and negotiation.

Following the dialogue, the two sides witnessed the signing of an agreement to set up a direct security telephone line between the two defence ministries. The line aims to increase exchanges, negotiations and friendship between leaders of the two armies.

Earlier, Vinh and his entourage visited the Peacekeeping Centre of the Chinese Defence Ministry. — VNS

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