By Van Pham et al.
15 September 2016
On September 14, Vietnam and China issued a joint communiqué on the occasion of the official visit to China by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. On the South China Sea issues, the joint communiqué states:
“11. The two sides held sincere and candid exchange of views on maritime issues, thus agreeing to continue complying with important common understandings reached between leaders of the two Parties and two States, the “Viet Nam-China Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Issues at Sea”; to make good use of the Vietnam – China government-level negotiation mechanism on border and territorial issues, with a view to seeking mutually acceptable fundamental and long-term solutions.
The two sides agreed to carry out follow-up work of the completed joint survey in the waters outside the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf, firmly promote the negotiations on the delimitation of the maritime area outside the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf and actively promote cooperation for joint development in this area; continue advancing the work of the Working Group on the Discussion of Joint Development at Sea; implement effectively agreed cooperative projects in less sensitive areas.
The two sides agreed to continue implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) effectively and in full, to expedite the conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea on the basis of consensus; to properly manage disputes at sea, to avoid actions which complicate or expand disputes, and to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.”
The following is the full text of the joint communiqué originally in Vietnamese and in Chinese.
Viet Nam-China Basic Principles on Settlement of Sea Issues:
Treaties, Agreements and Joint Statements: