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NA Chairwoman makes China visit

Released at: 13:12, 13/07/2019

NA Chairwoman makes China visit

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (left) meets with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (Source: VNA)

Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets senior Chinese leaders during official visit from July 8-12.

by Long Van

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan paid an official five-day visit to China from July 8 to 12 at the invitation of the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China Li Zhanshu.

This was her first visit to China since becoming NA Chairwoman in 2016 and also the first made by a senior Vietnamese leader following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October 2017.

According to a report from the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Ms. Ngan, who is also a Politburo member, met with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping in Beijing on July 12.

The two leaders confirmed they would coordinate to guide the two countries to promote people-to-people exchanges, particularly between the younger generations, and continue upholding cooperative results to further develop the friendship in a sustainable manner.

President Xi proposed localities in China and Vietnam seek measures and coordinate to promote cooperation.

Ms. Ngan proposed the governments of the two countries intensify guidance on the implementation of high-level agreements reached between the two sides and foster cooperation between Vietnam and China more effectively in all fields.

The two sides need to apply measures to help develop bilateral trade stably and sustainably, she added.

She also proposed China continue creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese products to be exported to China.

She hopes the Chinese leader will guide relevant sectors and ministries to work with Vietnam to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two Parties and the two countries to continue developing the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Vietnam is ready to join hands with China in the settlement of the East Sea issue, she said, to create a foundation for the sustainable and stable development of relations between the two countries.

The two should continue to strictly observe the agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues reached by high-ranking leaders of both countries while persistently addressing the East Sea issue through peaceful measures based on mutual respect and in line with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, handle matters relating to fishing and activities of fishermen, maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, speed up delimitation and cooperation for mutual development in accordance with the agreed roadmap, and strive to make breakthroughs in negotiations over the delimitation of waters off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin in 2020, Ms. Ngan said.

President Xi said that as China and Vietnam are neighbors and have the same ideology, the two nations will work together based on a constructive spirit.

The two countries should make every effort to further promote cooperation while restraining and controlling differences, he said.

He said China is willing to cooperate with Vietnam in economic matters and hoped there would be models of economic cooperation between the two countries in the future.

He spoke highly of Vietnam’s socioeconomic development and expressed his delight that the country has developed fine relations with other countries in the world and also appreciated the profile of Vietnam in the international arena.

President Xi highly evaluated the cooperation between the two legislatures, saying that the partnership contributes greatly to the enhancement and deepening of China-Vietnam relations.

Earlier, on July 11, Chairwoman Ngan held talks with Chairman Li in Beijing.
He affirmed that Chinese Party and State leaders attach great importance to her visit.

Ms. Ngan reiterated that the Vietnamese Party and State treasures the preservation, inheritance, and development of the traditional Vietnam-China friendship, which was fostered by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong along with many generations of leaders from both countries.
She stressed that the maintenance of meetings and contacts between high-ranking leaders of the two countries is important to enhance political trust and to timely instruct the settlement of outstanding or arising problems, thus helping bilateral ties develop in a stable and sustainable manner on the basis of agreements reached by leaders of both sides.

Towards this goal, the NA Chairwoman asked Chinese leaders to coordinate with Vietnam in directing relevant agencies and localities on both sides to organize activities marking the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations (January 18, 1950-2020), thus further deepening the solid ties between the two Parties, States, and peoples.

For his part, Chairman Li appreciated the healthy development of bilateral ties, noting that after the 19th National Congress of the CPC, President Xi chose Vietnam for his first visit to a foreign country. There he held in-depth discussion with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong on China-Vietnam ties. The two leaders reached common perceptions on many issues and instructed the boosting of the traditional friendship and the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

The two legislature leaders agreed on the need to promote bilateral cooperation towards bringing happiness to their people and demonstrate the superiority of the socialist regime. They said the two countries should make full use of available cooperative mechanisms to enrich the content of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
Regarding economic ties, the NA Chairwoman underlined the good growth seen in the bilateral trade and investment partnership, with two-way trade reaching $106.3 billion in 2018. China continued to be the largest trade and tourism partner of Vietnam, while Vietnam kept its position as the largest ASEAN trade partner of China. In the first five months of 2019, China became the leading foreign investor in Vietnam.

Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that Vietnam will create favorable conditions for foreign investors, including China, to carry out investment projects using advanced and environmentally-friendly technologies, especially in the fields of processing, clean energy, and high-tech agriculture.

She urged China to facilitate the entry of Vietnamese farm produce into China through favorable quarantine and customs, the sharing of information on import-export policies, and trade promotion activities.
Chairman Li said the two sides should push ahead with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on connectivity between the “two corridors, one belt” and the “belt and road” initiatives, while building plans, defining priorities, and launching negotiations between the two governments on a five-year plan on infrastructure development and economic zones in border areas to promote investment and trade.

He affirmed that China will encourage its businesses to invest more in Vietnam, and asked Vietnam to facilitate Chinese investment in high-tech and agriculture.

The Chairman also noted that China wants to cooperate with Vietnam in building railways connecting Vietnam, China and Europe, thus facilitating the transport of Vietnamese goods to Europe.

He added that China pays attention to trading in farm produce with Vietnam, and invited Vietnamese firms to participate in the second international import expo in China.

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