China has sent its top diplomat to Vietnam, where anti-Chinese protesters have marched in the streets over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
The talks are the first since a Chinese oil platform arrived in the disputed waters.
Vietnam's deputy prime minister, Pham Binh Minh, said his country wanted to resolve a complicated situation and develop healthy and stable relations.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports from Beijing, China.
Source: Al Jazeera