South China Sea rivals agree to set up hotline ‘to cope with emergencies’

Chinese and Vietnamese navy chiefs have agreed to set up a hotline in a move seen as part of efforts to manage the risk of conflict over their competing claims in the South China Sea.They also vowed to improve information sharing on issues of mutual concern during a meeting by video link on Friday, according to Vietnam’s official People’s Army Newspaper.It said PLA Navy chief Vice-Admiral Shen Jinlong and Rear Admiral Tran Thanh Nghiem, commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy, pledged to…