Vietnam leader warns against use of force in territorial rows
Published on Mar 18, 2014 3:07 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Vietnam's President on Tuesday warned against the use of force in territorial disputes as his nation and its neighbours lock horns with an increasingly assertive China over competing claims in the South China Sea.
President Truong Tan Sang made the comments in Japan's parliament during a four-day visit.
A joint press briefing with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled later on Tuesday.
"Vietnam has always maintained these principles over maritime disputes - resolution by peaceful means, compliance with international law, and respect for each other's due rights and sovereignty," the Vietnamese leader said.
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