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

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

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

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."

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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.