Vietnam, China to deepen partnership
Vietnam, China to deepen partnership
HANOI - Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed that Vietnam is willing to work with China to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
Trong highlighted the point at his talks with Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of China at a meeting in Hanoi on on November 5.
Xi is paying a two-day visit to Vietnam until on November 6 at the invitations of Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang.
Trong said the Chinese leader’s State visit is of great significance as the two countries are celebrating the 65th anniversary of establishment of their diplomatic ties and the relations between the two Parties and countries are growing.
The Vietnamese Party chief was quoted by the Vietnamese News Agency as saying Vietnam always attaches importance to maintaining the friendly relations with China.
According to the Government’s portal chinhphu.vn, the two leaders agreed that the two countries should maintain high-level exchanges, consolidate political trust, accelerate economic, trade and investment cooperation in a balanced and healthy manner while expanding cooperation in science and technology, education, culture and tourism.
Trong highlighted major orientations to strengthen the bilateral ties in the years to come. As part of the orientations, the two countries need to further promote the role of the Vietnam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation and strengthen cooperation in important fields like diplomacy, defense and security.
Xi agreed with Trong’s proposed orientations, saying China stands ready to foster balanced and sustainable trade ties with Vietnam. He committed to working with Vietnam to effectively control differences at sea and maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea.
Xi suggested the two countries to enhance coordination at multilateral mechanisms like the UN, APEC and ASEM.
He pledged to work with ASEAN countries to speed up negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea so as to contribute to the maintenance of peace, prosperity and development in the region and the world.
The Chinese leader also voiced his support for building the ASEAN Community and for Vietnam to host the APEC Summit in 2017.
Party chief Trong invited Xi to attend the APEC Summit.
Trong and Xi stressed the two countries should work together to well control and settle sea disputes so as not to let them affect the healthy development of bilateral ties.
Trong said Vietnam and China should control differences well, maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, respect each other’s legitimate interests, strictly implement the common perceptions and agreements of the two countries’ high-ranking leaders. The two countries should avoid actions that further complicate, expand disputes or intensify tensions.
Trong asked China to work with Vietnam to take the lead in serious and full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and develop a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. China was requested not to pursue militarization of the East Sea.
He urged the two sides to effectively realize negotiation mechanisms for sea-related issues and actively discuss and seek basic and long-term solutions that both sides mutually accept.
After their talks, Trong and Xi witnessed the signing ceremony of agreements on personnel training, free travel of ships at the mouth of the Bac Luan River, tourism cooperation and development at Ban Gioc waterfall.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also spoke high of Xi’s visit to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on November 5.
Dung said the two countries’ ties have grown positively, backed by regular visits by senior leaders and the adoption of many important common perceptions on how to deepen the relations between the two Parties and the two countries in a stable and durable manner.
The Prime Minister hailed China’s soft loan worth US$300 million for the Mong Cai-Van Don highway project and to provide another concessional loan to the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project.
He hoped Chinese investment in Vietnam will rise sharply in the near future, especially in large-scale projects that apply advanced technology. He asked the Chinese side to accelerate the implementation of projects as pledged.
Regarding sea-related issues, Dung emphasized that the two sides need to seriously implement agreements reached by their leaders, particularly the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.
For his part, Xi said his visit is intended to explore ways to intensify bilateral cooperation.
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