Vietnam, Philippines sign deals on security in disputed South China Sea
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Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to cooperate on maritime security in the South China Sea, a conduit for $3 trillion of annual shipborne trade that China claims almost in its entirety. The deals, signed during a state visit to Hanoi by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Tuesday, will see the two countries' coastguards working together to prevent and manage incidents in the disputed waters.
The South China Sea is at the centre of territorial tussles between China, the Philippines and other countries.
The high-seas faceoffs are fueling fears of a wider conflict. Vietnam and the Philippines have signed two agreements on incident prevention in the South China Sea and maritime cooperation among coastguards, said a Vietnamese official. The deals could irritate Beijing, particularly if they pave the way to compromises between the signatories on their own competing claims.
Marcos said Vietnam was the sole strategic partner of the Philippines in Southeast Asia, stressing that maritime cooperation was the foundation of that relation.
Read at www.aljazeera.com
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