Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Photo: VNA)

Singapore (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 3 agreed to continue reinforcing and strengthening the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China.

During their meeting in Singapore on the sideline of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and other related meetings, the two sides pledged to coordinate closely in organising visits of leaders of the two Parties and States this year.

The two countries will work together in implementing agreements and common perspectives reached by senior leaders of the two countries, and continue strengthening cooperation among ministries, sectors and localities.

Vietnam and China will also actively solve existing problems in cooperation projects, and maintain the stable and positive development trend of bilateral partnership, they concurred.

Minh lauded the growth of the Vietnam-China relations over the past years, suggesting that China take more effective measures to keep trade cooperation expansion and to reduce Vietnam’s trade deficit.

He took the occasion to convey invitation to Chinese leaders to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN Hanoi will host from September 11-13.

On the East Sea issue, Minh made it clear that it is necessary to solve the disputes in the sea through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, as well as the strict implementation of common perspectives of leaders of the two countries.

He also stressed the need to well control the differences, refrain from any action that complicates the situation and escalates disputes, along with the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) as well as reaching the effective and binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) at an early date.-VNA