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Vietnam PM arrives in Beijing for Belt and Road Forum

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:44 GMT+7
Vietnam PM arrives in Beijing for Belt and Road Forum
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc walks at Beijing Capital International Airport, China, April 25, 2019. Photo: Vietnam Government Portal

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Beijing on Thursday to start his participation in the second Belt and Road Forum.

The plane that carried the premier and a high-ranking delegation landed at Beijing Capital International Airport at 8:25 am (Vietnam time), the Vietnam Government Portal reported.

He was welcomed at the airport by Beijing leaders, the Chinese ambassador to Vietnam, representatives from China’s foreign ministry, the Vietnamese ambassador to China, and other Vietnamese embassy personnel.

His participation lasts from Thursday to Saturday.

The prime minister will meet with Chinese leaders, major Chinese companies, Vietnamese embassy personnel, and the Vietnamese community in China.

The Vietnamese premier will attend the forum’s opening on April 26 before joining President Xi Jinping and his spouse in a dinner on the evening of the same day.

On April 27, PM Phuc is scheduled to speak at a roundtable summit attended by leaders of 36 other nations and China.

China welcomes some 5,000 delegates from over 150 countries and 90 international organizations to the second Belt and Road Forum.

It is Beijing’s most important event of the year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

In 2017, the first-ever Belt and Road Forum was held in Beijing, attracting 29 world leaders and more than 1,600 participants.

Vietnam and China signed a government-level memorandum of agreement on promoting connectivity between Vietnam’s “Two Corridors, One Economic Belt” framework and China’s Belt and Road Initiative during President Xi’s Vietnam visit in November 2017.

The two sides are discussing implementation of the memo.

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