At a meeting on border defence issues last Sunday, Fan Changlong (right), vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (left) that the two nations should seek to “strengthen mutual trust and deepen communication”. Photo: Handout At a meeting on border defence issues last Sunday, Fan Changlong (right), vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (left) that the two nations should seek to “strengthen mutual trust and deepen communication”. Photo: Handout
At a meeting on border defence issues last Sunday, Fan Changlong (right), vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (left) that the two nations should seek to “strengthen mutual trust and deepen communication”. Photo: Handout

China, Vietnam look to warm ties ahead of Apec summit, but is it all part of Hanoi’s balancing act?

Despite recent promises to boost trust, cooperation, relations between the two communist neighbours are still far from settled

Topic |   South China Sea
At a meeting on border defence issues last Sunday, Fan Changlong (right), vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (left) that the two nations should seek to “strengthen mutual trust and deepen communication”. Photo: Handout At a meeting on border defence issues last Sunday, Fan Changlong (right), vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (left) that the two nations should seek to “strengthen mutual trust and deepen communication”. Photo: Handout
At a meeting on border defence issues last Sunday, Fan Changlong (right), vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (left) that the two nations should seek to “strengthen mutual trust and deepen communication”. Photo: Handout
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