Lets patch up; China tells Vietnam

India rebuffed China`s assertions saying that its oil exploration cooperation with Vietnam is based on international laws.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2011, 17:52 PM IST

Beijing: Stepping up diplomatic contacts with
Vietnam in the backdrop of its row with India over ONGC`s oil
exploration bid in Vietnamese blocks in South China Sea, China
proposed to Hanoi to "patch up differences" saying the
bilateral ties have a "brilliant prospect".

Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, who is currently in
New York meeting a host of foreign leaders on the sidelines of
UN General Assembly, met his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh
Minh.

"On the issue concerning the South China Sea, the two
sides need to handle the relations from a strategic
perspective, patch up differences, actively implement the
Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea
(DOC) and promote practical cooperation", Chinese state-run
new agency Xinhua quoted him as telling Minh.

DOC proposes to settle the maritime differences
bilaterally.

The meeting took place in the backdrop of strong
objections raised by China over ONGC Videsh`s plan to take
part in the oil exploration programme in two Vietnamese
blocks, which Beijing claims as part of its maritime waters.

India rebuffed China`s assertions saying that its oil
exploration cooperation with Vietnam is based on international
laws.

China claims the entire South China Sea as part of it
which is strongly contested by a Vietnam and host of other
neighbouring countries including Brunei, Malaysia, the
Philippines besides Taiwan.

During his meeting with Yang, Minh said Vietnam stands
ready to work with China to enhance mutual trust and
friendship between the two peoples, according to the report.

Vietnam is willing to make efforts with China to properly
handle the disputes over the South China Sea, he was quoted as
saying.

Yang also met new Nepalese Prime Minister Babu Ram
Bhattarai and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

In recent years, Nepal and China have established a
comprehensive cooperative partnership that will carry on from
generation to generation, he told the Nepalese leaders.

In order to further promote China-Nepal relations, the two
sides need to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges,
enhance trade and economic cooperation, and increase
people-to-people exchanges, Yang said.

The meeting assumed significance as Bhattarai regarded as
a Moaist leader who followed a more balanced approach in
furthering Nepal`s ties with India and China considering his
party colleague Prachanda.

Yang told Bhattarai that China respects Nepal`s choice of
development path based on its national condition and hopes for
stability and development at an early date.

Bhattarai and Shrestha said that Nepal and China are
friendly neighbours accommodating each other`s concerns.
Nepal is willing to work with China to elevate bilateral
ties to a new height, they said.

PTI