Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with his counterpart from China Yang Jiechi on July 11 in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM 45).

At the talks, the two sides exchanged views on the two countries’ relations in the past and ways to boost Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the time to come as well as international and regional issues.

For the Vietnam-China relations, the two sides affirmed the importance of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, saying that the stable development of the bilateral relations is in conformity with the common interest of the two peoples, benefiting peace, stability and development of the region and the world.

The two sides agreed on the necessity to maintain the exchange of delegations and meetings between the two countries and to promote friendship exchange and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides were unanimous in beefing up cooperation in economics, trade and fields that the two countries have potentials, especially in infrastructure construction, transport and communications.

They agreed that the two foreign ministries should enhance coordination and make practical and effective contributions to bilateral cooperation in above-mentioned fields.

On the sea issues, the two sides affirmed to settle all disputes through peaceful and friendly negotiations with mutual respect to legitimate interests based on common awareness reached between the two countries’ leaders and the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea issues.

FM Minh raised Vietnam’s concern over recent complications in the East Sea, voiced the opposition against the establishment of Sansha city and the international invitation for bids at nine lots within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, and affirmed the necessity to comply with international laws, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.-VNA