At the invitation of his Chinese counterpart and State President Xi Jinping, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on April 7 paid an official visit to the People’s Republic of China.
Following a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, both leaders discussed issues regarding the relationship between the two Parties and countries.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage hold talks with Chinese Party General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 7__Photo: Tri Dung/VNA
Xi said he believed that the visit would be a milestone in bilateral ties, fostering trust and friendship and taking cooperation between the two Parties and countries to the next level. He highly valued some major and historical achievements that Vietnam had done after nearly 30 years of renewal, adding that the Party and government of China always treasured the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Party leader affirmed that the stable and sustainable development of friendly cooperation with China was a consistent and long-term priority of Vietnam's foreign policy.
Reflecting on 65 years of diplomatic ties, the two leaders shared the view that friendly and positive cooperation remained the mainstream of their relationship. Since the normalization of ties, Vietnam and China have set forth a vision to strengthen ties between the two Parties and countries in the spirit of "good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partnerships", and under the motto of "friendly neighbors, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability and future vision."
To seize opportunities and efficiently cope with challenges in the context of complicated regional and international situations, the two Parties and countries need to enhance friendly cooperation, settle their differences properly, and together create a peaceful and stable environment for national development, they said.
In the spirit of openness and sincerity, the two Party leaders agreed to facilitate visits by Party and State leaders, and bring into full play existing mechanisms to promptly deal with emerging issues. They also agreed to intensify efforts to fully and effectively implement the signed commitments, boost exchanges in all fields and continue strengthening cooperative mechanisms between the two Parties.
They would also step up the sharing of experiences in Party building, fighting corruption, providing political and ideological education, boosting socio-economic development and building socialist law-governed states.
Trong said Vietnam welcomed Chinese investment, particularly in infrastructure projects and support industries. He urged China to choose capable and financially strong contractors to ensure that their projects in Vietnam meet deadlines and quality specifications.
The Chinese side agreed to encourage domestic firms to import competitive Vietnamese goods while actively working to amend the agreement on Vietnam-China border trade. Vietnam and China will also formulate plans for cross-border economic development and step up the implementation of projects on infrastructure connectivity, agriculture, engineering, services, science-technology, medicine and quarantine.
The two leaders declared the establishment of the Working Groups on Infrastructure and Currency Cooperation while promoting activities of working groups on land and sea cooperation. They also agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in education, culture, information, sports, tourism and environmental protection while stepping up people-to-people exchange, especially among the youth, patriots and academics.
Regarding the sea issues, the two sides highlighted the need to strictly implement the "Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China". They stressed the need for sound negotiation mechanisms for Vietnam-China border areas as well as friendly dialogues to seek fundamental and long-term solutions acceptable to both sides.
The leaders also agreed on avoiding actions that could complicate disputes and promptly taking measures to solve issues so as to maintain Vietnam-China relations and peace and stability in the East Sea, and pointed to the design of the COC as crucial to addressing issues at sea.
The two sides agreed to step up operations of a working group on cooperation for mutual development at sea, reinforce connections in less sensitive fields, accelerate talks on the delineation of areas off the Tonkin gulf, promote cooperation for mutual development in these waters, and launch a joint survey in the waters off the Tonkin gulf in 2015.
Later, the two Party leaders and other senior officials witnessed the signing of cooperative agreements between the two Parties, Government, ministries and agencies.-