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Vietnamese, Chinese military officials hold talks

Update: October, 20/2014 - 09:03
Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (L) meets with Vice Chairman of the Chinese Party Central Committee's Military Commission Fan Changlong in Beijing on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo
BEIJING (VNS) — Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh held talks with Vice Chairman of the Chinese Party Central Committee's Military Commission Fan Changlong in Beijing on Saturday before concluding his visit to China.

Minister Thanh said Viet Nam treasured its friendship and comprehensive co-operation with China and hoped the two sides would work together to reinforce bilateral ties for the interests of the two parties, states and peoples.

He suggested the two armies, in particular, promote their traditional friendship and co-ordination for healthy and sustainable development.

Regarding sovereignty disputes at sea, Minister Thanh reiterated Viet Nam's consistent policy of addressing the issues by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

Viet Nam was joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), the minister said.

For his part, Fan Changlong confirmed that China appreciated its relations with Viet Nam, describing the countries' traditional co-operation as a valuable treasure that needed to be promoted further. — VNS

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