Xi Jinping welcomes Nguyen Phu Trong to Beijing on Sunday. Both are serving their third term as leaders of the ruling communist party of their respective countries. Photo: Xinhua
Xi Jinping welcomes Nguyen Phu Trong to Beijing on Sunday. Both are serving their third term as leaders of the ruling communist party of their respective countries. Photo: Xinhua

China, Vietnam vow closer ties, to ‘manage’ South China Sea dispute in joint focus on external challenges

  • Joint statement from Vietnam’s Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese President Xi Jinping contains new section on communist-ruled states
  • Historic third term is ‘special bond’ between the two leaders and fuels their suspicions about regime change promoted by the US, analyst says

Xi Jinping welcomes Nguyen Phu Trong to Beijing on Sunday. Both are serving their third term as leaders of the ruling communist party of their respective countries. Photo: Xinhua
Xi Jinping welcomes Nguyen Phu Trong to Beijing on Sunday. Both are serving their third term as leaders of the ruling communist party of their respective countries. Photo: Xinhua
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