lørdag 11. september 2021

China’s Wang Yi tells Vietnam to avoid magnifying sea dispute

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told a top Vietnamese official the two countries should refrain from unilateral actions regarding the South China Sea that could complicate the situation and magnify disputes. Wang was speaking with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during a visit to Vietnam, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Vietnam is the first stop of Wang’s four-nation tour of the Asia Pacific region – a move seen as Beijing’s response to the recent visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to Southeast Asia.

Wang said the two countries should cherish the hard-won peace and stability achieved in the South China Sea, and be vigilant to resist the intervention of extraterritorial forces, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement said.