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Vietnamese & Chinese leaders discuss bilateral ties

Released at: 11:56, 27/04/2019

Vietnamese & Chinese leaders discuss bilateral ties

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd from left) and Premier Li Keqiang (2nd from right) at the talks (Photo: VNA)

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on April 26.

by Long Van

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on April 26, during the former’s trip to China to attend the ongoing second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of the active cooperation across fields between the two countries in recent times, affirming that Vietnam attaches importance to the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China and wishes to promote bilateral relations in a stable and sustainable manner.

He expressed his support for China to uphold its increasingly important role in peace, stability and development in the region and the world, saying he applauds and supports the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Prime Minister Phuc suggested the two sides maintain high-ranking exchanges and meetings, enhance political trust, and improve practical and effective cooperation in all fields.

He valued China’s effort to open its market to Vietnam’s dairy products and mangosteen, asking the Chinese side to open door to other Vietnamese farm produce, especially pork and swallow’s nest products, as well as to facilitate rice trade between the two countries.

The Prime Minister applauded China’s implementation of projects in Vietnam using modern and environmentally-friendly technologies, while asking for coordination from the Chinese side to handle a number of problems relating to payment procedures, capital increases, slow construction progress, and low efficiency in cooperation projects between the two parties and to provide suitable take-off and landing times for Vietnamese airlines.

The two sides need to accelerate the signing of an agreement to connect the railway route between Lao Cai province and Hekhou in China and to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese and Chinese firms to effectively join the Chongqing-Singapore transport route, he said.

The Vietnamese leader also underlined the necessity for the two sides to boost and improve the efficiency of cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, culture, education, tourism, environmental protection and climate change adaptation, the sustainable use of Mekong River water, and nuclear safety monitoring, while implementing the three documents relating to land borders between the two countries and enhancing coordination at regional and international forums.

Regarding issues at sea, Prime Minister Phuc proposed the strict implementation of the common perceptions of high-ranking leaders, agreements on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues, controlling differences, and taking no action to complicate the situation and increase disputes, while promoting negotiation mechanisms relating to the sea to achieve real progress and achieve progress in the demarcation of waters off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin in 2020.

He also asked for efforts from the two sides for handling fisheries and fishermen-related issues in a humanitarian spirit, soon signing the Vietnam - China search and rescue cooperation agreement and extending the bilateral agreement on the sea fishing hotline, fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and promoting substantive negotiations towards an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with the international law, to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea.

For his part, Premier Li affirmed that China attaches importance to developing relations with Vietnam, and pursues a guideline of good neighborliness, friendship, comprehensive cooperation, and long-term stability.

Agreeing with major directions and measures proposed by Prime Minister Phuc, Premier Li said China does not pursue a trade surplus with Vietnam but encourages Chinese enterprises to strengthen trade cooperation and expand investment in the country.

China will join Vietnam’s efforts to control any differences in order to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, he said.

After the talks, Prime Minister Phuc and Premier Li witnessed an exchange ceremony for three documents on economic and technological cooperation, veterinary and public health requirements for Vietnamese dairy products exported to China, and cultural and tourism cooperation between the two countries.
On the occasion of Prime Minister Phuc’s attendance at the Belt and Road Forum, the two countries’ ministries and sectors signed other agriculture cooperation agreements.

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