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China says better US-Vietnam ties must not threaten Beijing

AP
Published May 24, 2016, 3:21 pm IST
Updated May 24, 2016, 3:21 pm IST
China welcomed Washington's decision to fully lift a five-decade arms embargo on Vietnam during visit by Obama.
China that any attempt by the US to use Vietnam as a foil to China could further complicate regional tensions. (Photo: AP)
 China that any attempt by the US to use Vietnam as a foil to China could further complicate regional tensions. (Photo: AP)

Beijing: An official Chinese newspaper says improved relations between the US and Vietnam must not lead to greater pressure on China or threats to its interests.

The China Daily said in an editorial Tuesday that any attempt by the US to use Vietnam as a foil to China could further complicate regional tensions.

 

The comments point to Beijing's underlying concerns about closer ties between its chief regional rival and its southern neighbour, with which it is in dispute over ownership of islands in the South China Sea.

China on Monday formally welcomed Washington's decision to fully lift a five-decade arms embargo on Vietnam during a visit by President Barack Obama, saying it is happy to see Vietnam develop "normal and friendly cooperative relationships with all other countries, including the United States."

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