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Vietnam & China pledge to reinforce trust and friendship

Released at: 10:30, 13/01/2017

Vietnam & China pledge to reinforce trust and friendship

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During his ongoing China visit, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong agreed with President Xi Jinping to step up win-win cooperation across the board and maintain peace and stability at sea.

by Quoc Uy / 4

A high-ranking Vietnamese delegation, headed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, arrived in Beijing on January 12 to begin an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping.

In a welcoming ceremony chaired by President Xi Jinping later in the day, a 21-gun salute was accorded to Mr. Trong.  

According to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), during talks that took place after the ceremony, the Party leaders discussed major orientations to reinforce trust and friendship, step up win-win cooperation across the board, maintain peace and stability at sea, and continue the healthy and sustainable bilateral relationship.

General Secretary Xi warmly welcomed General Secretary Trong on his first China visit after Party Congress XII, saying the visit is crucial in helping deepen Vietnam-China relations.

He affirmed that China attaches much importance to ties with Vietnam and stands ready to work with the Party, State and people of Vietnam in strengthening the bilateral friendship and partnership, making the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership grow in a healthy and stable manner and to the previously agreed motto and spirit.

Vietnam’s Party Chief stated that Vietnam always places great importance on ties with China and sincerely wishes to develop the sustainable friendship and win-win comprehensive cooperation for the sake of their people as well as for peace and prosperity in the region and the world.

Mr. Xi pledged that China will do its utmost to assist Vietnam in hosting the APEC Summit 2017, while Mr. Trong affirmed support to China in organizing an international cooperation summit on “One Belt, One Road” in 2017.

The two leaders expressed delight at the growing ties and positive progress of relations between the two Parties and countries over recent years.

They agreed that in the context of crisis and uncertainty occurring in many places around the world, the stable development and achievements of both countries are important to the two countries’ people.

Both sides agreed to continuously maintain high-ranking exchanges and meetings between leaders of the two Parties and States to promptly exchange views and tackle issues arising in bilateral ties as well as to make strategic directions to boost cooperation, maintain friendship, and develop Vietnam-China ties in a healthy and stable fashion.

The leaders also agreed to promote and improve existing collaboration mechanisms between the two Parties and countries, especially meetings between representatives of the two Politburos and the Steering Committee for Vietnam-China bilateral cooperation for strengthening the full implementation of bilateral agreements.

They agreed on the importance of increasing exchanges and cooperation in Party channels and among the two Parties’ agencies and the two parliaments and fatherland fronts, as well as stronger affiliation in diplomacy, defense and security, and between border guard and law enforcement forces of the two countries.

China will work harder to make Vietnam-China trade ties grow faster and become more balanced, Mr. Xi vowed, who also promised to create favorable conditions for Vietnam to launch trade representative offices in Chinese localities.

He committed to encouraging Chinese firms to increase imports of Vietnamese agriculture, forestry and fishery products, such as rice, cassava, dairy products and processed fruit, and to implement high technology and environmentally-friendly projects in Vietnam.

Regarding issues at sea, the two Party leaders shared the view that this is the major issue in Vietnam-China relations and is very complicated, affecting political trust, people’s sentiment, and the state of the two countries’ relations, as well as the situation in the region and the world.

General Secretary Trong asserted Vietnam’s consistent stance of consistently dealing with the dispute in the East Sea by peaceful measures in compliance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and with respect to diplomatic and legal processes, fully and efficiently executing the “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea” (DOC) and striving together with ASEAN to quickly accomplish a “Code of Conduct in the East Sea” (COC).

The leaders stressed the need to comply with the important concepts reached by Party and State leaders of the two countries and the “agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues between Vietnam and China”, optimize the negotiating mechanism to seek fundamental and long-lasting solutions acceptable to both sides, and actively study transitional solutions that do not affect the respective country’s stance and policy, including actively seeking and discussing issues of cooperation for mutual development.

They agreed to accelerate cooperation at sea with a view to generating positive signals beneficial to the two countries’ relations, accomplish follow-up works after the completion of a joint survey conducted at waters off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin, thus firmly pushing for negotiations on the delineation of such waters and actively cooperating for mutual development in the waters, continuously stepping up the work of the working group in charge of discussing cooperation for mutual development at sea, and deploying cooperation projects in less sensitive fields, as agreed.

They affirmed that the two sides will continue implementing the DOC comprehensively and efficiently and soon formulate the COC on the basis of consultation and unanimity. They will also properly manage sea-related disagreements and take no actions that complicate and expand the dispute, to protect peace and stability in the East Sea.

On the same day, Vietnam and China signed 15 cooperation agreements, including an agreement on training senior officials between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Communist Party of China (CPC), and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the CPV Central Committee’s Economic Commission and the Development Research Center of the China’s State Council, VNA reports.

The two sides also inked a document on technical assistance in planning for the Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong railway, a joint vision statement on defense cooperation between the two defense ministries to 2025, and a framework agreement on land border gate cooperation between Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense and the China General Administration of Customs.

Vietnam and China also signed documents on cooperation in technical trade barriers and on releasing aquatic varieties in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Along with a tourism cooperation plan for the 2017-2019 period, the two countries signed cooperation documents between Vietnam’s National Politics - Truth Publishing House and the People’s Publishing House of China for 2017-2021, between the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and between the Vietnam Red Cross Association and China Red Cross.

The two also agreed to MoUs on TV and radio programs.

The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and the China Development Bank also signed an MoU on project sponsorship and mid- and long-term loans for the 2017-2019 period. 

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