China, Vietnam should avoid escalating South China Sea disputes – .

China, Vietnam should avoid escalating South China Sea disputes – .

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China and Vietnam should refrain from any unilateral action regarding the South China Sea that could complicate the situation and amplify disputes, Chinese senior diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official on Saturday, said. the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday.
State Councilor Wang met with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during a visit to Vietnam, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

China claims to have historic sovereignty over most of the waterway, but its neighbors and the United States claim that this claim has no basis in international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 1982 Sea, to which China is a signatory.

Wang said the two countries should cherish the hard-won peace and stability in the South China Sea and be vigilant to resist the intervention of extraterritorial forces, the ministry statement said.

Vietnam said China will donate 3 million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday more-coronavirus-vaccines -2021-09-10 in Vietnam this year, bringing China’s total vaccine donation to the Southeast Asian country to 5.7 million doses.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by William Mallard)


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