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Beijing, Hanoi trying to tackle sea spat

(Global Times)

09:00, October 12, 2011

China and Vietnam tentatively agreed on Tuesday to work on the resolution of maritime disputes in the South China Sea and vowed to strengthen mutual trust and cooperation.

The agreement was reached during a visit to Beijing by Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).

"Neither side should take actions that could further complicate the issue before the disputes are resolved through dialogue," General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Hu Jintao told Trong on Tuesday.

Trong agreed, saying that Sino-Vietnamese ties could be damaged if the disputes were not dealt with properly.

He vowed that the Vietnamese government would adhere to the agreement when handling the issue and not let the disputes affect bilateral ties and regional stability.

Trong started his five-day visit to China on Tuesday, his first Beijing trip since being elected as party chief in January.

Besides meeting with Hu, Trong also held talks with Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, who also emphasized the need to properly resolve existing problems in bilateral relations.

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wende at 2011-10-1371.125.80.*
South China Sea is not 80% of the ocean. China does not want to own the whole South China Sea as it has vowed that normal marine passage is available to all. However, the islands in South China Sea do belong to China since ancient time. China has stated that China will negotiate with claimants on how to jointly develop the islands in this area as long as sovereignty belongs to China. Claimants are using UNCLOS as its shields to claim islands which as inside the 200 miles distance from these countries. Historical basis is honored in UNCLOS.
Hu sin tao at 2011-10-1268.115.1.*
How can china claim the u-shape taking 80 per cent of the ocean. Are china using the law of jungle here .

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