China, South Korea Hold Talks on Maritime Borders Delimitation

© Photo : United NationsChina’s deputy foreign minister, Liu Zhenmin
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China and South Korea on Monday successfully held the first round of talks on maritime borders delimitation in Seoul, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Chinese delegation was led by Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin while South Korea was represented by 2nd Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul, according to statement. Representatives of the two countries' foreign and defense ministries attended the negotiations.

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Both sides agreed that maritime borders delimitation must be conducted in the atmosphere of mutual trust, openness and compromise that would promote stable bilateral long-term cooperation, strengthen maritime cooperation and develop strategic partnership between China and South Korea, according to the statement.

The two sides also agreed to set up a three-tier negotiation mechanism, including governmental level, working group level and expert group level.

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Some parts of China's and South Korea's exclusive economic zones (EEZs) in the East China Sea overlap. This issue creates obstacles for determination of a exclusive country's right to use resources inside EEZ.

Delimitation of borders in international law is the process of definition of the position and direction of a state border between neighboring countries through negotiations.

The second round of talks is scheduled to be held in China in 2016.

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