Vietnamese, Chinese negotiators meet on territorial issue
Vietnamese and Chinese government officials met in Beijing from July 21- 23 to discuss border and territorial issues.
The negotiators agreed to strictly implement the understanding reached by the two countries' leaders and agreed that all sea-related issues will be addressed with stability on the East Sea in mind in order to avoid any negative impacts on the two countries' relationship.
The negotiators also pledged that neither country would exacerbate existing disputes, complicate the situation, use force or the threat of force while the two sides are resolving the sea issues.
They promised to study seriously recommendations and proposals that both sides put forth during the process of seeking fundamental and long term solutions to the sea issue.
The officials also agreed to continue cooperation in marine protection, tsunami forecasting, marine research and sea search and rescue.
In addition, they agreed to speed up negotiations on the delineation of waters outside the Bac Bo ( Tonkin ) Gulf and on a cooperative model for mutual development in the area.
On the demarcation of and the planting of markers on the two countries' shared land border, the officials reached a consensus that the task must be implemented at a quicker pace if the 2008 deadline is to be met.
The next meeting of Vietnamese and Chinese negotiators will take place in Viet Nam.
Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Dung led the Vietnamese delegation to the meeting while Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei headed the Chinese delegation.
Dung and the Vietnamese delegation were received by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on July 23. - (VNA) -
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