China, Vietnam pledge to enhance ties amid row in S China sea

China`s new overtures to Vietnam comes in the wake of recent row with New Delhi over Indian companies` oil exploration bids off Vietnamese coast in South China Sea.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2011, 14:58 PM IST

Beijing: With tensions mounting in the
region over rights to oil-rich South China Sea, the Chinese
leadership has stepped up wooing the littoral states, offering
a "win-win cooperation" to Vietnam.

A high-level Vietnamese military delegation has called on
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping yesterday during which the
latter said Beijing would enhance friendly cooperation with
Hanoi and ensure healthy development of bilateral relations.

China`s new overtures to Vietnam comes in the wake of
recent row with New Delhi over Indian companies` oil
exploration bids off Vietnamese coast in South China Sea.

Xi, who is expected to take over as President after the
retirement of the incumbent Hu Jintao in 2013, said the way
China-Vietnam relations had developed proved that by sticking
to friendly consultation, equality, mutual benefits and
win-win cooperation, the two countries could advance their
ties and achieve peaceful development and prosperity.

"China is willing to join hands with the international
community including Vietnam, to make positive contributions to
building a harmonious world," Xinhua quoted him as telling the
delegation, led by Ngo Xuan Lich, director of the General
Department for Politics of the Vietnamese People`s Army.

In response, Ngo Xuan Lich said his country treasures its
traditional friendship with China.

The Vietnamese people would not forget the assistance and
support that Chinese people gave Vietnam with regards to its
national liberation and socialist construction, he said.

PTI