07 Jun '11, 10am

China urges Vietnam to make efforts in sea dispute - Channel NewsAsia #China

BEIJING: China on Tuesday urged Vietnam to make "earnest efforts" to resolve a flare-up over disputed waters in the South China Sea, after hundreds staged a rare protest in Hanoi over Beijing's actions. Relations between Beijing and Hanoi have grown increasingly tense in the past 10 days over a long-standing dispute related to the sovereignty of the potentially resource-rich Paracel archipelago and the Spratly islands. "China has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly islands and nearby territorial waters," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. "China and Vietnam reached important consensus many times on how to appropriately handle maritime issues and maintain stability in the South China Sea," he added. "We hope the Vietnamese side will make earnest efforts to implement the relevant consensus." The group of around 300 protesters in Hanoi -- bearing signs ...

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