Vietnam has called on China to sign an agreement in which both sides would pledge to refrain from offensive actions against each other, but Peking has called the proposal a trick and rejected it.
Vietnam has called on China to sign an agreement in which both sides would pledge to refrain from offensive actions against each other, but Peking has called the proposal a trick and rejected it. The Chinese claim came after the second round of peace talks held in Peking. The first round was held in Hanoi.
SYNOPSIS: The former Hungarian Embassy in Peking's old legation quarter of Beijing was the venue for the talks which started early on Thursday (28 June). Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Han Nienlung, leading the Chinese delegation welcomed the Vietnamese to the talks.
He said the Vietnamese proposal was a trick to hood-wink world opinion. Vietnamese Vice-Foreign Minister Dinh Nho Liem maintained that the proposed agreement would have ended border pro-vocations and prevented a resumption of hostilities between the two countries which fought a border war in February.
Mr. Liem said the proposal met the aspirations of the Chinese and Vietnamese peoples and responded to the aspirations of South-East Asian peoples for peace. The two delegation leaders agreed that nothing had been achieved at this sixth session of peace talks despite a break of just over a month.
Vietnam said it had proposed the agreement to give the peace talks a favourable atmosphere, but China said Vietnam was the sole cause of frontier tension. No date has been set for the next meeting.