Source: Viet Nam News Agency
14 January 2017
On January 14, Vietnam and China issued a Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the official visit to China by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong from January 12-15 at the invitation of Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping. On the South China Sea issues, the joint communiqué states:
“The two sides have discussed the sea-related issues in a straightforward and sincere manner. They underlined the need to observe the common perceptions reached by leaders of the two Parties and countries, and the “agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea issues between Vietnam and China”.
The two sides should make the best use of the governmental level negotiating mechanism on border and territory and pursue negotiations and friendly consultations to seek fundamental and long lasting solutions acceptable to both sides.
The two sides agreed to well implement followup work after finishing the joint field survey in the area off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin while accelerating negotiations on demarcating the area beyond the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf and promoting cooperation for development in the waters. They agreed to continue to promote the efforts of the working group on cooperation for development at sea while effectively stepping up joint projects in less sensitive fields as agreed previously.
Both sides agreed to continue to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), work towards the early formation of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC) on the basis of consensus consultation, effectively controlling disputes at sea and avoiding actions that would further complicate or expanding disputes, while maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea.”
The following are the full text of the joint communiqué in English and originally in Vietnamese:
Viet Nam-China Basic Principles on Settlement of Sea Issues:
Treaties, Agreements and Joint Statements: