Both Vietnam and China attach great importance to their bilateral relations and consider the relationship with the other as a priority in their foreign policy, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang said during their talks in China on Saturday.
Their conversations took place on the occasion of the Vietnamese government leader’s attendance at the 20th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) on Saturday and Sunday.
The two prime ministers lauded the progress in Vietnam - China ties over the past many years, especially after Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's visit to China in late October last year.
PM Chinh affirmed that the Vietnamese government, state, and Party aim to develop a stable and fine friendship with China, and see the Eastern Asian nation as a priority in Vietnam’s diplomatic strategy.
Meanwhile, PM Li Qiang underscored that China considers the relationship with Vietnam one of the top priorities in its general neighboring foreign policy.
China supports Vietnam in the development of socialism and is willing to cooperate with the latter to deepen bilateral ties, heard the talks.
The two sides reached a consensus on boosting all-level delegation exchanges and beefing up the multifaceted partnership.
The two nations will keep collaborating closely at regional and international forums and building peaceful and stable border and maritime areas.
The Vietnamese prime minister proposed China speed up its opening to Vietnam’s agricultural and fishery products, and facilitate the establishment of Vietnam’s trade promotion offices in Chengdu in Sichuan Province, as well as Haikou in Hainan Province.
PM Chinh said that Vietnam is willing to create conditions conducive to Chinese firms doing business in the Southeast Asian nation. The country is prioritizing tech projects and large-scale ones that benefit the economy and people.
The two nations should ramp up traffic connection and border infrastructure development, and join hands to construct some rail links in northern Vietnam to raise the capacity of goods transport, said the Vietnamese government leader.
|Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang (R) highly values Vietnam’s significant contribution to the China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit. Photo: Duong Giang / Tuoi Tre|
The enhanced cooperation in post-COVID-19 tourism recovery was also tabled during their talks.
The Chinese prime minister affirmed that China will continue opening its doors to Vietnamese goods, mainly high-quality farm produce and fishery products.
He was committed to further expanding China’s import and export activities between the two countries, and upgrading border traffic infrastructure.
|Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left side) holds talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang in China, September 16, 2023. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre|
The Chinese representative said that he had asked relevant ministries and agencies to proactively work with the Vietnamese side to cement a supply and manufacturing chain.
The Chinese government encourages Chinese residents to travel to Vietnam and throws its weight behind the launch of more Vietnam-China air services, he said.