22 Dec '11, 7am

China and Vietnam improve strained ties

China and Vietnam improve strained ties

HANOI - China's vice president was ending a visit to Vietnam on Thursday, part of an effort to consolidate ties that deteriorated following recent tensions over the disputed South China Sea. Both sides said Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Hanoi "further consolidates and promotes relations between the two parties, countries and people," according to the Vietnamese government's website late Wednesday. The communist neighbours have had a long-standing dispute relating to sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly island groups, which are in oil-rich waters straddling vital commercial shipping lanes in the South China Sea. On this matter, "the Vietnamese side agreed to be ready, with China, to solve disputes through peaceful negotiation, respecting and paying attention to each other's legitimate benefits," the report said. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua added that the t...

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