Beijing and Hanoi agreed on the settlement of the South China Sea dispute through negotiations, avoiding any escalation of the conflict.
Vietnam’s leader, Nguyen Phu Trong visited China at the invitation of the Chinese president Xi Jingpin, to discuss a number of issues with Chinese officials.
Earlier Japan and Vietnam also agreed to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea. The South China Sea dispute resolves around the Spratly Islands, which are believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves.
Beijing territorial claims to the Spratly Islands run counter to those of Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. However the dispute has been scaled down after the Philippines reached a memorandum on the principles to be negotiated.
Beijing and Hanoi have a long history of relations, establishing ties since 1950. Beijing predicts a military clash if the U.S. blockades the South China Sea.
Reuters / AA Magnum News 2017.