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Vietnam, China to cement friendship, bilateral cooperation

Vietnam, China to cement friendship, bilateral cooperation

Friday, January 13, 2017, 13:00 GMT+7

Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong addresses measures to enhance friendship and cooperation between China and Vietnam during his ongoing official visit to Beijing from January 12 to 15.

General Secretary Trong spoke with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chinese President Xi Jinping following his arrival in Beijing on Thursday evening, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

President Xi warmly welcomed the Vietnamese Party chief on the latter’s first China visit since the 12th Party Congress, saying the visit is a crucial step in deepening the Vietnam-China relationship.

The Chinese leader stated that his country attaches significant importance to its ties with Vietnam and underlined its willingness to work with the Vietnamese Party, State, and people to strengthen the two nations’ bilateral cooperation and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.   

Replying to his host, General Secretary Trong affirmed that Vietnam has always respected its relationship with China and hopes to develop a sustainable friendship and win-win cooperative effort with Beijing for the sake of their people, as well as peace, and prosperity in the region and the world.

The two leaders expressed their satisfaction with the positive development in the Vietnam-China relations over the past few years.

Against the backdrop of rising crisis and uncertainties in many places around the world, the stable development and achievements of both countries are important to the two peoples, they agreed.

Each head of state addressed measures to increase mutual political trust between the two countries by maintaining high-ranking exchanges and meetings between leaders of the two Parties and States.

President Xi pledged that China will do its utmost to assist Vietnam in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017, while the Vietnamese side promised to support China in organizing an international cooperation summit this year focused on the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

The two leaders reached consensus on creating a stronger partnership in economic matters, trade, investment, and other fields for rapid and sustainable growth of each country, thus forming a foundation for the development of bilateral ties.

Beijing will work harder to strive for rapid growth and balance in Vietnam-China trade ties, vowed Xi, promising to create favorable conditions for Vietnam to launch trade representative offices in Chinese localities.

Chinese businesses will be encouraged to boost their imports of Vietnamese rice, cassava, dairy products, and processed fruits.  They should also plan to implement high technology and environmentally-friendly projects in their Southeast Asian neighbor.

It seems the situation in the East Vietnam Sea remains the only unsolved problem in the Vietnam-China relationship, affecting and governing the political trust, people’s sentiments, two nations’ cooperation, and other the regional and global issues.

General Secretary Trong reiterated Vietnam’s consistent stance on solving the dispute via peaceful measures, as per the international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), and striving to accomplish a Code of Conduct (COC) for the maritime area.

The leaders stressed the need to comply with the important conception reached by both countries’ leaders and the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea issues between Vietnam and China.

They consented on the good management of sea-related disagreements, including taking no actions that complicate and expand the dispute and detract from peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea.

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