PANGLAO, Philippines — China will transfer passengers from the Vietnam-Malaysia border to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, after a two-week stopover, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.
The ministry said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Malaysia on Monday to discuss the matter.
He said Beijing “will transfer passengers in the form of passports to Malaysia.”
Wang said China will continue to cooperate with the Malaysian authorities on the relocation of its citizens.
He said Beijing is “very grateful” to the government of Malaysia for helping China with its border issue.
Chinese authorities have detained about 1,400 people from Vietnam in recent months over the border dispute, which began after Malaysia revoked Beijing’s passport.
China says the Vietnamese government is interfering in border affairs, and its ambassador to Malaysia has been barred from entering Malaysia.