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Vietnam, China agree to restore ties after oil rig rift

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 19:07 GMT+7
Vietnam, China agree to restore ties after oil rig rift
Vietnam's Politburo member Le Hong Anh (L) shakes hands with General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and State President Xi Jinping in Beijing on August 27, 2014.

Vietnam and China have agreed to take measures to restore and develop bilateral relations that have been undermined over China’s illegal deployment of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters between May and July.

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The agreement was reached at a meeting in Beijing on Wednesday between General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and State President Xi Jinping and Vietnam’s Politburo member Le Hong Anh, who visited China as a Special Envoy of Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the Vietnam News Agency reported the same day. The visit of Anh, who is also a standing member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam, was aimed at abating tensions between the two countries over the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig Beijing illegally placed in Vietnamese waters in May and withdrew last month.   The Vietnamese official started his two-day visit on Tuesday at the invitation of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. At the meeting with President Xi Jinping, Anh suggested that leaders of the two parties and states direct their respective competent agencies to take measures to promptly restore and develop their normal relations in all fields. During the talks, the special envoy said the two sides need to strengthen cooperation, rationally solve disputes, and work together to create a peaceful and stable environment for national development as well as improve the living conditions of the peoples of Vietnam and China. Anh added that the leaders of the two countries should order their ministries to strictly implement the “Agreement on the basic principles guiding settlements of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China.” The two sides’ competent agencies should effectively solve all disputes in the East Vietnam Sea to maintain peace in the area, protect the long-term interests of the two peoples, and contribute to stability and prosperity in the region. The special envoy also conveyed the invitations of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang to Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Vietnam.

In reply, Chinese General Secretary and President Xi Jinping affirmed that China always attaches importance to fostering ties with Vietnam, maintaining the principle of friendship and cooperation with the Southeast Asian country, and developing a comprehensive strategic partnership with it. The Chinese leader also agreed that the two parties and states would give directions to restore and develop their bilateral ties. President Xi Jinping extended his thanks to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang for their invitations, saying that he would visit Vietnam at an appropriate time.

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