31 Aug '11, 9am

China and Vietnam hope to boost cooperation and ease tensions by establishing a defense hotline.

HANOI: China and Vietnam plan to set up a defence hotline as part of closer military links, official media reported on Wednesday, in the latest effort to publicly ease tensions after a maritime dispute. The two sides "agreed to promote bilateral defence cooperation" at their second annual security dialogue held in Beijing, the English-language Vietnam News reported after the weekend talks. The newspaper said China and Vietnam would expand ties to "new fields", among them the exchange of military delegations, including military students, as well as establishing the hotline between their defence ministries. It did not elaborate on whether the line would be for the ministers themselves. A few years ago, the communist party secretary-generals of Vietnam and China also established a hotline. And in 2009, the foreign ministries signed an agreement to create a similar link betwee...

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