The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese Foreign Minister Phạm Binh Minh attended the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers` Meeting in Singapore, where he met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
At a recent meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh made it clear that it is necessary to solve the disputes in the East Sea via peaceful measures in line with international law, especially the UNCLOS, as well as the strict implementation of the important concensuses reached by leaders of the two countries.
Vietnam's top diplomat made the statement when he met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 3 within the framework of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
Minh also stressed the need to control the differences, refrain from any action that complicates the situation and escalates disputes, along with the full and effective implementation of the
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (L) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Declaration of Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the South China Sea as well as reaching the effective and binding Code of Conduct (COC) at an early date.
Earlier, at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN and China have created a draft document for a code of conduct in the South China Sea that would form the basis for future negotiations.
The code of conduct is meant to rule out further conflict in the area. ASEAN and China started negotiations in March after five years of discussions.
At the bilateral meeting, the two countries' top diplomats agreed to continue reinforcing and strengthening the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China.
They pledged to actively solve remaining problems in cooperation projects, and maintain the stable and positive development pace of bilateral partnership.
Minh highly spoke of the progress made in the two nations’ relation during the past time, asking China to actively apply effective measures that help grow the bilateral trade as well as reduce the trade deficit of Vietnam with China.
He also offered Yi to send his invitation to Chinese leaders to attend the World Economic Forum ASEAN in Hanoi on September 11-13.