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A look back at Xi Jinping’s 3 trips to Vietnam

A look back at Xi Jinping’s 3 trips to Vietnam

Monday, December 11, 2023, 15:02 GMT+7
A look back at Xi Jinping’s 3 trips to Vietnam
Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (right, first row) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (left, first row) attend a welcome ceremony for the latter in Hanoi in November 2015. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Vietnam on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, marking the Chinese top official’s fourth visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

His fourth Vietnam visit will be made at the invitation of Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Vo Van Thuong, the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations announced last week.

This will be his third trip to Vietnam as the Chinese Party general secretary and president.

Here’s a look back at his previous Vietnam visits.

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) shakes hands with Xi Jinping while the latter is visiting Vietnam in 2011. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) shakes hands with Xi Jinping while the latter visited Vietnam in 2011. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

As China’s vice president, Xi Jinping (second, R) engages in an event in Hanoi in December 2011. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

As China’s vice-president, Xi Jinping (R, 2nd) is pictured at an event in Hanoi in December 2011. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Invited by Vietnam’s then-Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, Xi traveled to the Southeast Asian country for an official visit in December 2011. This was his first visit to Vietnam, when he was serving as China’s vice-president.

This visit took place two months after Vietnamese Party chief Trong visited China.

During his three-day stay, Xi met Party General Secretary Trong, then-State President Truong Tan Sang, then-Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and then-Chairman of the lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung.

The Chinese vice-president’s visit was aimed at cementing Vietnam-China ties and boosting their bilateral partnership.

Within the framework of his first visit, the two nations cut eight key deals for cooperation.

The 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2012 elected Xi as the general secretary of the CCP.

He was elected as president in March 2013 by the 12th National People's Congress.

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (R) and Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong walk on a red carpet at a welcome ceremony for the former in November 2015. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (R) and Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong walk on a red carpet at a welcome ceremony for the former in November 2015. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and his spouse (L), and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and his spouse pose for a photo in November, 2015. Photo: Tuan Nguyen / Tuoi Tre
Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R, 2nd), his spouse (R), and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L, 2nd), and his spouse (L) pose for a photo in November, 2015. Photo: Tuan Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

Xi made a second visit to Vietnam in November 2015 at the invitation of Vietnamese Party chief Trong and then-State President Sang. This was his first state visit to China’s neighbor after he took office as president.

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping returns to Vietnam for his state visit and attendance at the APEC summit in Da Nang City in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping returned to Vietnam for his state visit and attendance at the APEC Summit in Da Nang City in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During his two-day trip, the Chinese leader engaged in various talks and meetings with Vietnam’s top officials, and visited the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

The trip concluded with the Vietnam-China joint statement for deeper cooperation between the two Parties and states, as well as between the two nations’ ministries and departments.

Two years later, Xi returned to Vietnam for his state visit and to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which was held in the central city of Da Nang in November 2017.

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (right side) holds talks with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping at the Party Central Committee Office in Hanoi in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (right side) holds talks with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping at the Party Central Committee Office in Hanoi in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During his trip lasting from November 10 to 13, Xi held talks with Party chief Trong, and met with late State President Tran Dai Quang, then-Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and then-Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

He also sat in on a series of friendship events, and witnessed the signing of 12 cooperation agreements.

His Vietnam visit ended in success, marking an important milestone for the two nations’ relations, and strengthening their comprehensive strategic partnership.

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping take a stroll along a path connecting the Presidential Palace with late President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping take a stroll along a path connecting the Presidential Palace with late President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping feed fish in the fish pond situated at the late President Ho Chi Minh relic site in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping feed fish in the fish pond situated at the President Ho Chi Minh relic site in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (R) and then-chairwoman of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attend the opening of the Vietnam - China Friendship Palace in Hanoi in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (R) and then-Chairwoman of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attend the opening of the Vietnam-China Friendship Palace in Hanoi in November 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam and China established their comprehensive strategic partnership in 2008.

Xi's fourth trip to Vietnam is scheduled to take place at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their comprehensive strategic partnership.

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L) and Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) raise their glass after their talks during the former’s Vietnam visit in November, 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L) and Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong raise their glass after their talks during the former’s Vietnam visit in November, 2017. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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