President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi on Thursday.[HOANG DINH NAM/AFP]Xi: Consensus on maritime issues in best interests Beijing and Hanoi called for effectively managing maritime disputes on Thursday during President Xi Jinping’s first visit to Vietnam to repair ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Xi appealed, in an article published on Thursday in the local official newspaper Nhan Dan, to seek a “basic, permanent approach that is acceptable to both sides” in regard to the maritime disputes

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