Vietnam asks China not to complicate East Sea situation

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked China to refrain from acts that complicate the situation in the East Sea.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, Minh made the remarks in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.
He is in China to attend the first Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting and the Boao Forum for Asia’s annual conference in Hainan Province on March 22-24.
Minh expressed concerns over the recent developments in the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea, and asked China to realize high-level agreements as well as manage and settle disputes in line with international law.
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He also asked China to effectively utilize the mechanism of bilateral talks on sea issues and join ASEAN countries in implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and working towards formulating a Code of Conduct in the East Sea soon.
In related news, Taiwan on Wednesday reportedly flew two dozen international journalists to Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island. Vietnam has continuously reaffirmed its sovereignty over the island, the fourth largest island in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

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