Vietnam has called on China to sign an agreement in which both sides would pledge to refrain from offensive actions against each other, but Peking has called the proposal a trick and rejected it.
GV: Exterior Conference Hall at Beijing
SV: Interior Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister, Hasn Nienlung, welcomes Vietnamese Delegation Leader, Dinh Nho Liem, at start of talks and other Vietnamese Officials.
CU: Chinese & Vietnamese Flags on Table.
GV: Two Delegations seated opposite at Conference Table.
SV: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Han Nienlung
SV: Vietnam's Dinh Nho Liem
SV: Correspondents taking photos of conference. (2 shots)
SV: Vietnamese Delegation Leader speaking with Han Nienlung (2 shots)
SV: Conference in Progress (2 shots)
GV: Conference Table
SCU: Han Nienlung SV Dinh Nho Liem (2 shots)
SV: Members of Delegations and Leaders (4 shots)
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Background: Vietnam has called on China to sign an agreement in which both sides would pledge to refrain from offensive actions against each other, but Peking has called the proposal a trick and rejected it. The Chinese claim came after the second round of peace talks held in Peking. The first round was held in Hanoi.
SYNOPSIS: The former Hungarian Embassy in Peking's old legation quarter of Beijing was the venue for the talks which started early on Thursday (28 June). Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Han Nienlung, leading the Chinese delegation welcomed the Vietnamese to the talks.
He said the Vietnamese proposal was a trick to hood-wink world opinion. Vietnamese Vice-Foreign Minister Dinh Nho Liem maintained that the proposed agreement would have ended border pro-vocations and prevented a resumption of hostilities between the two countries which fought a border war in February.
Mr. Liem said the proposal met the aspirations of the Chinese and Vietnamese peoples and responded to the aspirations of South-East Asian peoples for peace. The two delegation leaders agreed that nothing had been achieved at this sixth session of peace talks despite a break of just over a month.
Vietnam said it had proposed the agreement to give the peace talks a favourable atmosphere, but China said Vietnam was the sole cause of frontier tension. No date has been set for the next meeting.