Speaking to reporters at a briefing with his Chinese counterpart, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said the countries should manage the disputes and not expand them.
"We propose that the two sides in the coming time should seriously implement the mutual understandings of leaders of two countries."
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said "settling maritime disputes is very important for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations."
Wang said the two sides "should not carry out unilateral activities that would complicate the situation and should strengthen maritime cooperation to build a healthy environment in order to reach an ultimate agreement on resolving the sea dispute, which will effectively boost the bilateral practical cooperation."
Wang said the two countries' relations are on a positive trend.