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Vietnam, China look to expand bilateral cooperation

Vietnam, China look to expand bilateral cooperation

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 17:37 GMT+7
Vietnam, China look to expand bilateral cooperation
Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) shakes hands with China's President and General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing, June 26, 2024. Photo: Duong Giang

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of China Xi Jinping agreed that both nations continue to deepen and expand their cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, tourism, and infrastructure development during their talks in Beijing on Wednesday.

The talks took place as part of PM Chinh’s trip to China to attend the 15th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions and working sessions with Chinese officials from June 24 to 27.

The top Vietnamese official affirmed that developing stable, sustainable, and long-term relations with China is a consistent approach, a strategic choice, and a top priority in Vietnam's foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization, and diversification of external ties.

Vietnam endorses China’s plans to fulfill its next centenary goal and build socialism with Chinese characteristics, PM Chinh continued.

The cabinet leader of Vietnam suggested that the countries team up with each other to develop large-scale, iconic, sustainable, and highly-effective projects.

Both sides need to enhance their transport infrastructure connectivity in railways, roads, and border crossings, connecting the ‘Two Corridors, One Belt’ with the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.

PM Chinh also spoke highly of China’s high-quality investments in Vietnam, suggesting that the two nations boost cooperation among localities, study a plan to establish and operate cross-border economic cooperation zones on a trial basis, expand border economic cooperation, and set up smart border gates.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a Vietnamese delegation meet with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of China Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, June 26, 2024. Photo: Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a Vietnamese delegation meet with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of China Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, June 26, 2024. Photo: Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre

President Xi stated that China highly values its relationship with Vietnam and considers the Southeast Asian nation as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy, while backing Hanoi’s efforts in safeguarding national independence.

The top Chinese leader underlined the need for Hanoi and Beijing to enhance their political trust and maintain regular high-level exchanges.

He affirmed that China endorses Vietnam’s plans on accelerating industrialization and modernization, as well as joining China and other countries in developing resilient and stable supply and production chains.

Xi expressed his hope that Vietnam and China will further strengthen their collaboration in trade, investment, and tourism, while selecting suitable locations to set up cross-border economic cooperation zones.

He added that China would open its doors wider for more high-quality Vietnamese products.

Besides, the Chinese government encourages more Chinese businesses to invest in Vietnam, especially in hi-tech and other emerging sectors.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) shakes hands with Wang Huning, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, June 26, 2024. Photo: Doan Bac

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) shakes hands with Wang Huning, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, June 26, 2024. Photo: Doan Bac

The two top officials concurred with each other that their countries would further deepen and elevate their comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as build the Vietnam-China community with a shared future.

They also exchanged viewpoints on global and regional issues of mutual concern, agreeing to jointly address differences to maintain peace and stability at sea.

PM Chinh proposed that Hanoi and Beijing should work together to ensure sea-related disputes do not affect their overall friendship.

In related news, the Vietnamese prime minister on the same day held talks with Wang Huning, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Prime Minister Chinh suggested that agencies in both countries should actively work together and introduce more innovations to implement their agreements in the near future.

Wang affirmed his willingness to promote exchanges and cooperation between all levels of agencies under the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

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Hong Ngan - Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre News

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