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China and Viet Nam Hold the Seventh Meeting of the Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation

On October 27, 2014, the seventh meeting of the China-Viet Nam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation was held in Hanoi. State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of Viet Nam co-chaired the meeting.

Yang Jiechi expressed that the current China-Viet Nam relations are at a critical period of improvement and development. We should always proceed from the overall situation of bilateral relations, consider from the perspective of respective development needs and start with concrete cooperation of mutual benefit and win-win results, joining efforts to mobilize the positive factors in bilateral relations, to properly handle the existing problems and to consolidate and deepen the China-Viet Nam comprehensive strategic partnership for cooperation.

Pham Binh Minh expressed that it is a strategic choice of the Vietnamese party and government and the common aspiration of the Vietnamese people to stick to the China-Viet Nam good-neighborly friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation. The Vietnamese side will always adhere to this policy.

Both sides expressed their belief that the sound and steady development of China-Viet Nam relations is in line with the aspirations and fundamental interests of the two peoples and conducive to peace and development in the region. The two sides will make concerted efforts to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and promote the sound, stable and in-depth development of China-Viet Nam comprehensive strategic partnership for cooperation. The two sides agreed to continue to effectively carry out the Action Plan for Implementing the China-Viet Nam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Cooperation to promote exchanges and cooperation in inter-party relations, diplomacy, armed forces, law enforcement and security, infrastructure, finance, science and technology, agriculture, education, culture, youth and other areas.

The two sides agreed to act in accordance with the spirit of the relevant bilateral agreements and consensus to properly handle maritime issues and make good use of the boundary negotiation mechanism between Chinese and Vietnamese governments to seek a basic and long-lasting solution acceptable to both sides. They also agreed to well manage and control maritime differences, refrain from actions that will complicate or magnify disputes and safeguard the overall situation of China-Viet Nam relations as well as peace and stability in the South China Sea.

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