Vietnam, China seek to boost multifaceted cooperation
The top Party leaders of Vietnam and China on January 12 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.

The top Party leaders of Vietnam and China on January 12 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.

The discussion was made during talks between visiting General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chinese President Xi Jinping that took place in the Great Hall of the People, China.

Chinese General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping welcomes Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong__Photo: VNA

General Secretary Xi warmly welcomed General Secretary Trong on his first China visit after the 12th Party Congress, saying the visit is crucial, helping deepen Vietnam-China relations.

He warmly congratulated the CPV on its successful 12th Congress, while speaking highly of Vietnam’s attainments in all fields. He expressed his belief that the Vietnamese people will soon turn Vietnam into a modern, industrial country with wealth, democracy, justice, civilization, and socialism.

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 Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership grow in a healthy and stable manner and to the previously agreed motto and spirit.

The Vietnamese Party chief congratulated China on its important achievements in reform and building the socialism with Chinese characteristics, expressing his wish that the Party, Government and people of China will successfully accomplish the target of building a well-off, democratic, civilized and harmonious socialist China.

He affirmed that Vietnam always places importance to the ties with China and sincerely wishes to develop the sustainable friendship and win-win comprehensive cooperation with China for the sake of their people as well as peace, and prosperity in the region and the world.

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

They agreed that in the context of crisis and uncertainties 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 make strategic orientations and 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, the Steering Committee for the Vietnam-China bilateral cooperation for strengthening the full implementation of bilateral agreements.

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

The two countries should also show close coordination at multilateral forums, while supporting each other in running to positions in international organizations.

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

The two leaders reach consensus on the significance of strengthening win-win partnership in economy, trade, investment and other fields for rapid and sustainable growth of each country, creating a firm foundation for the development of bilateral ties.

The two sides will urge ministries, sectors, localities and businesses to focus on timely and effectively implementing agreed plans, programs and projects, while applying measures to maintain bilateral trade growth in a more stable and balanced manner.

China will work harder to make Vietnam-China trade ties grow faster and become more balance, vowed Xi, 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 agro-forestry-fisheries products, such as rice, cassava, dairy products and processed fruits and implement high technology and environment-friendly projects in Vietnam.

Overview of talks between Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping__Photo: VNA

The two leaders concurred to expand cooperation in science-technology, agriculture, environment, climate change response, while considering the extension of affiliation in running a hotline to receive complaints on arising problems in fisheries activities at sea, and strengthening the coordination in managing, protecting and exploiting Mekong-Lancang River and Red River-Yuan River water resources sustainably.

They also agreed to discuss principles and specific contents of a master plan on the building of Vietnam-China cross-border economic cooperation zones, so that the deal will be signed soon.

Vietnam and China will enhance partnership in improving production capacity and strengthening the connection between the “Two Corridors, One Economic Belt” and One Belt, One Road” initiatives to match the demand, benefit and development strategy of each country.

The leaders underscored the importance of the friendship between the two people, saying it is a source of power and a social foundation to spur Vietnam-China relations in a sound, long lasting and sustainable manner. They agreed that exchange activities between the two people, especially among youngsters and localities should be stepped up.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the two Party leaders shared the view that this is the major outstanding problem existed in Vietnam-China relations and the issue is very complicated and vital, hugely affecting and governing the political trust, people’s sentiments, the state of the two countries’ relations, as well as the face and situation in the region and the world.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong asserted Vietnam’s consistent stance of persistently 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 soon accomplish a “Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC)”.

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

They agreed to accelerate the cooperation at sea with a view to generating positive signals beneficial to the two countries’ relations; soundly accomplish follow-up works following the completion of the joint survey conducted at the waters off the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf, thus firmly pushing for negotiations on the delineation of the waters off the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf and active cooperation for mutual development in this waters; continuously step up the world of the working group in charge of discussing cooperation for mutual development at sea; and deploy cooperation projects in the 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; well manage sea-related disagreements, and take no actions that complicate and expand the dispute to protect peace and stability in the East Sea.- (VNA/VLLF)

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