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China, Viet Nam eye border of peace
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-19 06:02

Boundaries, both land and sea, were of concern when President Hu Jintao met Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong yesterday in Beijing.

President Hu Jintao (R) gestures while welcoming visiting Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong during a ceremony in Beijing yesterday outside the Great Hall of the People. [Xinhua]
The leaders vowed to speed up the survey and setting of the land boundary, and reaffirmed their desire to see results from joint exploration of disputed areas in the South China Sea.

Hu and Luong also agreed to maintain normal fisheries co-operation in the Beibu Bay in an effort to build the China-Viet Nam border into one of peace, friendship and long-lasting stability.

Hu said the land border issue between China and Viet Nam and demarcation in the Beibu Bay, were issues left over from history that were gradually being resolved, adding that he looks forward to the completion of the matter and a mere stone monument on the land border.

After an hour-and-a-half meeting, the leaders of the two countries witnessed the signing of three agreements, one of which pledges China's support for Viet Nam's accession to the World Trade Organization.
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