|President Vo Van Thuong (L) and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) of China Zhao Leji in Beijing on October 17.__Photo: VNA|
President Vo Van Thuong met with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China Zhao Leji in Beijing on October 17, the first day of his trip to China to attend the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF).
At the meeting, Thuong stressed that besides attending the third BRF, his trip is also aimed at continuing to concretize and implement the common conception reached by the top leaders of both parties and countries during the visit to China by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in late October last year.
The Vietnamese President affirmed that the Party, State, and people of Vietnam always consider building and developing a good relationship with the Chinese Party, State and people as a strategic choice and a top priority in Vietnam's foreign policy. In response, Zhao stressed that the friendly relationship with Vietnam is always valued by the Chinese Party, Government, and people, and is a top priority in China's neighboring diplomacy.
Discussing measures to promote bilateral relations in the near future, President Thuong proposed both sides increase all-level contacts, strengthen political trust and improve the quality and efficiency of their cooperation in all areas with a focus on promoting balanced and sustainable trade growth. He suggested China increase the import of Vietnamese goods, particularly farm produce, and promote investment cooperation and multi-modal transport connectivity with Vietnam. The leader also recommended enhancing people-to-people exchanges, with an emphasis on cultural exchange and tourism cooperation.
Lauding these proposals, Zhao affirmed that China wants to maintain high-level exchanges and work together to determine the major directions for collaboration between the two parties and countries in the time to come. He suggested both sides deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, with the strategic connectivity between the Two Corridors, One Belt framework and the Belt and Road Initiative as the top priority. It is also necessary to promote economic and trade ties, infrastructure development, and people-to-people exchanges to achieve even greater results, he noted.
Thuong said the National Assembly of Vietnam and the NPC should expand exchanges, cooperation, and experience sharing in law building, supervision, anti-corruption, and the development and improvement of socialist rule-of-law states. Zhao proposed the two lawmaking bodies strengthen friendly exchanges, deepen collaboration in various areas, and coordinate closely and effectively at multilateral parliamentary forums.
Regarding maritime issues, the leaders agreed to carry out the high-level common conception and exercise proper control and addressing of differences, contributing to maintaining peace and stability in the region. President Thuong proposed that both sides respect each other's legitimate interests, abide by international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and avoid allowing maritime issues to affect the bilateral relationship.- (VNA/VLLF)