BEIJING - Vietnam's president is being feted by China's leaders on an official visit as Beijing continues to shun another rival for South China Sea territory that has challenged its claims on legal grounds, the Philippines.
President Truong Tan Sang is on a three-day visit to boost economic ties with China, Vietnam's communist ally and biggest trading partner. How to manage their disputed territorial sea claims - which last month led to a damaged fishing boat and allegations of a crew's lives being put at risk - is also on the agenda.
China and Vietnam agreed on Wednesday to set up a hotline to resolve fishing incidents in their disputed waters. Both sides should inform the other of any detentions or incidents involving fishermen or fishing boats within 48 hours.
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