Thursday, June 20, 2013

China, Vietnam agree to set up hotline

China and Vietnam have agreed to set up a hotline to resolve fishing incidents in disputed South China Sea waters.

The two countries' agriculture ministers signed the agreement in Beijing on Wednesday. No details were immediately available.

China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and its island groups, while Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries claim some areas. The islands sit amid some of the world's busiest commercial sea lanes, along with rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas deposits.

Last month, Vietnam accused China of damaging a fishing boat that it said was operating in Vietnamese waters, risking the lives of 15 crew members. China said the Vietnamese fishing boat was fishing illegally around islands in Chinese waters.-The Philippine Star

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