China, Vietnam must manage sea dispute well to keep peace: Xi

April 7, 2015 1:54 PM

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China, Vietnam must manage sea dispute well to keep peace: Xi

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told the visiting head of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday that the two countries must manage their dispute over the South China Sea well to maintain peace and stability, state media reported.

Communist parties rule both countries and trade has swelled to $50 billion annually, but Vietnam has long been suspicious of its giant neighbor, especially over Beijing's increasingly assertive claims to almost the entire South China Sea.

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