Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, gestures as he walks beside Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, left, during his visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines Wednesday. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister has arrived in Manila to talk with his Philippine counterpart on improving cooperation toward peacefully resolving disputes over the South China Sea.

Ambassador Truong Trieu Duong said Wednesday that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will discuss the recent standoff sparked by China’s deployment of an oil rig near the disputed Paracel Islands.

President Benigno Aquino III’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda says the two leaders’ meeting should not be seen as a budding alliance against China, adding the two sides will also discuss economic cooperation, trade and tourism. Dung will also attend an economic forum in Manila.

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