Thursday, November 5, 2015

Chinese President Xi Visits Vietnam To Soothe Territorial Disputes

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R), who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends a welcoming ceremony held by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong before their talks in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 5, 2015.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Wall Street Journal: China’s Xi in Vietnam to Bridge Troubled Waters

The two sides share similar ideologies and culture, but have drifted because of territorial disputes

HANOI—President Xi Jinping arrived in Vietnam Thursday for a two-day visit that will remind Hanoi’s leaders that it is China, not the U.S., which is Vietnam’s most important economic partner.

The two countries share the same communist ideology and a similar culture, but have drifted apart in recent years in part because of bitter territorial disputes in the waters of the South China Sea. The presence of an oil drilling platform which a Chinese company had towed into waters also claimed by Vietnam last year triggered a monthslong standoff at sea and a brief wave of anti-Chinese riots before the rig was withdrawn.

Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong subsequently became the first Vietnamese party chief to visit the U.S. this year, while Vietnam has signed defense cooperation agreements with Washington and is also part of talks to establish the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact.

More News On Chinese President Xi Visiting Vietnam To Soothe Territorial Disputes

Chinese president visits Vietnam to discuss stronger ties -- AP
China, Vietnam pledge to manage maritime differences -- Reuters
Vietnam to Visiting Xi: Don't 'Militarize' South China Sea -- VOA
Xi Arrives to Woo Vietnam Comrades and Reverse Drift to U.S. -- Bloomberg
Xi kicks off landmark state visit to Vietnam amid warming ties -- Xinhua News Agency
Xi, Vietnamese leaders agree to boost win-win partnership -- Xinhua News Agency

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