Hanoi (VNA) – The 12th round of negotiations of the Vietnam-China working group on partnership in less sensitive maritime fields took place in Zhuhai of Guangdong, China on December 5-6.

In a straightforward and friendly manner, the two sides reviewed the implementation of projects signed during the 11th negotiation round and discussed new collaboration projects.

They spoke highly of the successful implementation of a project that studied and compared Holocene sediments in the Red River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta, as well as the positive results of projects on cooperation in releasing fry and protecting aquatic resources in the Gulf of Tonkin, and in studying the management of the sea and island environment in the Gulf of Tonkin.

They continued to discuss measures to accelerate the signing of an agreement on search and rescue cooperation in the waters of Vietnam and China; realise collaboration contents related to marine search and rescue; as well as those regarding the signing of an agreement on the establishment of a hotline for offshore fishing emergencies.

The sides stressed that cooperation should be made on the basis of common perceptions and agreements reached between the senior leaders of the two parties and states in line with international law.

They need to continue the spirit of mutual respect, equality, and win-win cooperation in a practical and effective manner in line with each side’s resources, practically contributing to deepening the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

The two sides agreed to organise the working group’s 13th round of talks in Vietnam in the first half of 2019. –VNA