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    Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015.

    China PM Urges Vietnam to Establish Joint Peace in S China Sea

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    Chinese Prime Minister urged his Vietnamese counterpart to jointly ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea, local media reported on Thursday.

    An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Taiwanese military plane shows the view of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, at the South China Sea, March 23, 2016
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    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang urged his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc to jointly ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea, local media reported on Thursday.

    According to Xinhua news agency, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang urged Vietnam to value the development of bilateral relations achieved with great effort, and jointly with China to ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea.

    The meeting between the prime ministers was held in Mongolian Ulan Bator on the sidelines the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit, that was held following the recent Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration's decision, stating that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to south China Sea resources.

    The Spratly Islands are contested by China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. Aside from Taiping, the disputed islands include the Paracel Islands and the Scarborough Shoal (Huangyan Island).

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    bilateral relations, ASEM Summit, Xinhua News Agency, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Li Keqiang, South China Sea, China, Vietnam
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