August 1, 2019 / 8:50 AM / 17 days ago

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

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the ASEAN-China ministerial meeting in Bangkok, Thailand July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Reuters) - 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.”

Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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