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China Reacts to U.S.-Vietnam Arms Talks

File image of U.S. President Joe Biden (sencond left) meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong (second right) during his state visit in September. Image Nhac Nguyen / AFP

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin commented on a report this weekend that the United States is in talks with Vietnam about a massive arms deal. Wang’s response was measured:

Asian countries share a desire for stability, cooperation and development. We hope that when advancing bilateral relations and conducting military cooperation, relevant countries will observe basic norms governing international relations, abandon hegemonic and Cold War mentalities, refrain from stoking confrontation and spurring arms race, and not jeopardize regional peace, stability, development and prosperity.

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