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China, Vietnam vow more substantial progress in joint maritime cooperation

Updated: Feb 25,2014 10:22 AM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with visiting President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, in Beijing, capital of China, Feb 24, 2014. [Xinhua/Ding Lin]

BEIJING -- China and Vietnam on Feb 24 vowed to jointly promote their cooperation in areas including maritime, onshore and finance, and achieve more substantial progress.

The pledge came out of a meeting between Premier Li Keqiang and visiting President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Li said he hoped the two sides would give full play of mechanisms such as the guiding committee for bilateral cooperation and three working groups on joint maritime development, infrastructure and financial cooperation, to achieve substantial progress.

The establishment of the three working groups was a consensus reached by China and Vietnam during Li’s visit to the country in November of last year, which was important breakthrough for the two countries on their way to peacefully handle maritime disputes.

Li called on the two countries to push forward joint development of larger scale in the South China Sea, appropriately handle disputes through negotiation and consultation, and maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea with common efforts.

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