China and Vietnam agreed on Tuesday to “properly manage” territorial disputes in the South China Sea, concluding a leaders’ meeting in Beijing as part of a diplomatic strike by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The socialist neighbors both maintain sweeping claims to sovereignty over much of the disputed waterway, parts of which are also claimed by Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
Every year, trillions of dollars in trade pass through the South China Sea through the South China Sea, and naval vessels from the United States and other Western countries regularly pass through it, although Beijing ignores an international court ruling that its claims are not legal. have a base.
Xi and other Chinese leaders met in Beijing with Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, and held “a profound and frank exchange of views on maritime issues,” according to a report Tuesday from China’s state news agency Xinhua.
Beijing and Hanoi “have agreed to properly address maritime issues and contribute to long-term peace and stability in the region,” the readout said.
They agreed that “it is critical to properly manage differences to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea”, and pledged to “actively negotiate temporary and temporary solutions that do not affect their respective positions.” “.
They also agreed to work together to fight terrorism, tackle transnational fraud and curb the illicit drug trade, the report said.
Beijing has more aggressively asserted its territorial claims under Xi by building artificial islands, deploying coastguard and maritime militias patrols and harassing fishing vessels.
Xi will welcome a series of world leaders in Beijing this week in his first diplomatic meetings since breaking a long-standing precedent last month to seal a third consecutive term as China’s leader.
His schedule includes an ongoing visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and a visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, in what will be the first formal state visit by a European leader to China since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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