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PM: Vietnam-China friendship remains

Released at: 21:37, 27/12/2014

PM: Vietnam-China friendship remains

PM Dung welcomes Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to Vietnam.

by Hoang Vu

Vietnam and China need to avoid any new complex developments that may damage bilateral ties, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said during his meeting on December 26 with Mr. Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, who arrived in Vietnam on a visit on December 25.

Both sides should speed up negotiating mechanisms for maritime-related issues, especially in the working group focusing on waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, PM Dung was quoted by Vietnam News Agency (VNA) as saying.

The PM stressed the importance of sincere cooperation and frank discussions in addressing border and territorial disputes between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect and the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime-related issues signed in Beijing in October 2011.

For his part, Mr. Yu said his visit to Vietnam aims to consolidate political trust and bolster cooperation and exchange between the two Parties and States.

He affirmed that China always attaches importance to the friendship and cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in the current context, VNA reported.

He agreed on the need to boost contacts and exchanges between the two Parties and States, add more substance to bilateral cooperation, launch joint projects, and coordinate in maintaining stability at sea.

Speaking with his Chinese guest, PM Dung noted that both Vietnam and China need to preserve their traditional friendly relations as it is a precious asset for both. “Bilateral ties have sometimes witnessed ups and downs over the past 65 years but a spirit of cooperation and friendship remains,” PM Dung said.

PM Dung also affirmed that Vietnam expects to work with China to underpin the two countries’ traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, contributing to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world. He noted that relations between the two Parties and States have been restored and stabilized thanks to the efforts of both sides.

He urged the two countries to increase their high-level exchanges, quickly remove matters that hinder bilateral cooperation, actively carry out agreements reached, and strengthen economic-investment-trade-tourism links.

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