Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse will visit China and attend a high-level forum on the Belt and Road Initiative from May 11 to 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday.
President Quang’s visit and attendance at the forum will be made at the invitation of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of China, Xi Jinping.
The Belt and Road Initiative, formerly known as “One Belt, One Road,” is China’s effort to resurrect the old Silk Road trading route that once carried treasures between China and the Mediterranean.
Regular bilateral visits have been made by the two nations’ leaders over recent years, during which they reached consensus on creating a stronger partnership in economic matters, trade, investment, and other fields for the rapid and sustainable growth of each country, and the good management of sea-related differences, including taking no action that detracts from peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea.
China is currently Vietnam’s biggest trade partner, with the Vietnamese export revenue surpassing US$70 billion in 2015, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.