• China, Vietnam to mend strained ties


    BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on late Wednesday held talks with a top Vietnamese envoy and said the two countries should repair strained relations, state media reported. Xi met Le Hong Anh, a member of Vietnam’s Communist Party politburo, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. It described him as being sent by the head of the country’s Communist Party. China and Vietnam, once close ideological allies, are locked in a bitter dispute over disputed waters and island chains in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). “A neighbor cannot be moved away and it is in the common interests of both sides to be friendly to each other,” Xi said during the meeting, according to Xinhua’s brief dispatch.


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