China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace


China and Vietnam have pledged to be “good neighbours” and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea.

It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade.

The two sides agreed to avoid any acts that complicate their dispute in the sea where they have competing claims.

Relations with Vietnam and other neighbours have been strained by China’s moves to assert control by reclaiming land on disputed reefs.

China’s placement of an oil rig in waters contested by Vietnam last year sparked angry anti-Beijing protests across the country. China later moved the rig away.

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