Vietnam 'maritime problems' should not impinge on bilateral ties: China

Reuters Bangkok, Thiland Aug 01, 2019, 03.10 PM(IST)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to the media at a news conference in Sochi, Russia. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Tensions between Vietnam and China have risen over a weeks-long standoff between ships near an offshore oil block in the South China Sea.
 

China's top diplomat Wang Yi said maritime problems involving Vietnam should not interfere with bilateral relations, according to a report released by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tensions between Vietnam and China have risen over a weeks-long standoff between ships near an offshore oil block in the South China Sea.

China released the statement following a meeting between Wang and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Thursday in Bangkok. Wang said China-Vietnam relations continued to develop and the two sides will "properly control and manage the situation at sea."