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China, Vietnam should avoid expanding S.China Sea disputes, keep alert of external forces' attempts to sow discord: Wang Yi

2021-09-12 09:14:53       source:Global Times

September 11, 2021

Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China and Vietnam should avoid taking unilateral actions that would complicate the situation or expand the dispute in the South China Sea, and keep alert to external forces' interventions and attempts to sow discord between the two countries. 

Wang co-chaired the meeting of the 13th Steering Committee for Vietnam-China Bilateral Cooperation with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Friday, where the two agreed to enhance high-level exchanges and inter-party communications, push forward cooperation on trade and COVID-19 control, and manage differences to avoid risks over the South China Sea. 

Wang's visit to Vietnam, part of his week-long South East Asian tour, came about two weeks after US Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to the region. But unlike Washington's attempt to pit regional countries against China by lip-services and vague promises, Beijing has a clear mind on boosting relations with neighbors to achieve a win-win cooperation, observers said on Saturday. 

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