Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has addressed measures to develop a friendly, healthy, and sustainable relationship between Vietnam and China, as he joined talks with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping in Shanghai on Sunday.
The meeting was held as part of the Vietnamese premier’s visit to Shanghai on November 4 and 5 to attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).
At the talks with President Xi, the Vietnamese head of government stressed the importance of the two nations’ ties, according to a statement released by Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
PM Phuc praised China’s initiatives to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world, as well as its Belt and Road Initiative.
Vietnam backs the Mekong-Lancang cooperation in combination with the framework of the Greater Mekong Sub-region collaboration, striving for the effective use and management of water resources and the sustainable development of relevant countries, the premier noted.
Enhancing the relationship with China is one of the top priorities in Vietnam’s foreign policy, Phuc stated, suggesting that high-level visits and meetings be maintained to increase political trust.
The Vietnamese head of government believed that the CIIE 2018 will open up new cooperation channels for goods distribution, helping promote official trade activities and brand building so that more Vietnamese products can be consumed in the Chinese market.
He suggested that China establish practical policies and measures to reduce Vietnam’s trade deficit, toward promoting the stable and sustainable growth of bilateral trade.
Regarding the situation in the East Vietnam Sea, the leader reiterated the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Replying to his guest, President Xi affirmed that PM Phuc’s participation in the expo reflects the Vietnamese government’s respect for the bilateral relations.
The Chinese Party and state always treasure ties with Vietnam and want to foster multifaceted cooperation in a practical manner with the Southeast Asian country.
China will import more goods from Vietnam to sustainably balance trade with the neighboring nation.
China has carried out various measures to increase imports from Vietnam, Xi said, adding that Vietnam’s shipments to China rose by 36.8 percent in 2017.