China, Vietnam pledge to resolve South China Sea dispute

Beijing, Aug 29 (IANS) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in Beijing Wednesday and pledged to resolve the dispute between the two countries in the South China Sea.

Reiterating China's stance, Wang said the two countries should push ahead with maritime cooperation and work together to control the dispute and turn challenges into opportunities, Xinhua reported.

Pham said the Vietnamese side is ready to resolve the dispute and work with China for stability in the area.

During the meeting, Wang and Pham agreed to maintain high-level contact, advance cooperation in trade and inter-connectivity, and increase cultural and youth-to-youth exchanges to lay a more solid social foundation for friendship.

Pham is in Beijing to attend a special China-ASEAN foreign ministers meeting Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the formation of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership.

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