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Vietnamese president to visit China to sign sea-border pact.

BEIJING, Dec. 19 Kyodo

Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong will pay an official four-day visit to China from Monday to sign a long-awaited sea-border agreement between the two countries, sources familiar with Chinese-Vietnamese relations said Tuesday.

The expected agreement to be signed is on the sea-border on the resources-rich Gulf of Tonkin, which follows the 1,100-kilometer land border treaty signed in December 1999 after nearly 20 rounds of negotiations, the sources said.

During his visit to China, Luong will meet with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Premier Zhu Rongji and other top officials, and sign several other documents including a joint communique and a fishery agreement, they said.

He will also visit Shanghai and Xiamen, Fujian Province, to inspect the economic development in the two cities.

Hanoi and Beijing kicked off the demarcation talks in 1977 but the negotiations were interrupted by the bloody 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War until 1991, when the two countries resumed diplomatic relations.
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