China’s Wang Yi Calls on Vietnam to Avoid Escalating Maritime Conflict

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China’s Wang Yi Calls on Vietnam to Avoid Escalating Maritime Conflict


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

Vietnam is the first stop on Wang’s four-country tour of the Asia-Pacific region – a move seen as Beijing’s response to US Vice President Kamala Harris’s recent visit to Southeast Asia.

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, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.

Wang was also reportedly scheduled to meet his counterpart Bui Thanh Son in Hanoi before attending a Sino-Vietnamese meeting for bilateral cooperation.

Vietnam on Friday announced that China is donating three million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine this year, bringing the total of China’s vaccine donations to the Southeast Asian country to 5.7 million. of doses.

While China and Vietnam have maintained strong economic and diplomatic ties, tensions have also erupted in recent years over their dispute over South China Sea territories.

In March, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang complained that Chinese ships at the Pentecostal Reef, which Hanoi calls Da Ba Dau, had violated its sovereignty.

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.



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