HANOI — China and Vietnam promised on April 1 to seek closer synergy between their development strategies and continue to carry forward their traditional friendship.
The pledge came during a meeting between Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is currently on an official visit to the country.
Wang said that during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam in November last year, the leaders of the two countries conducted in-depth strategic communications on deepening bilateral relations and reached important political consensus.
According to Wang, the two-way trade between China and Vietnam topped $100 billion last year, and personnel exchanges exceeded 10 million.
“All these not only reflect the sound momentum of the current relations between the two countries, but also demonstrate the broad prospect of the future of their bilateral relations,” he said.
Wang called on the two sides to seize the opportunities to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries, earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and steer the bilateral ties in the right direction and usher in a new prospect of the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
China stands ready to work with Vietnam to maintain close high-level contacts, strengthen the synergy of their development strategies, advance pragmatic cooperation in various fields, cautiously handle maritime issues, and explore ways of joint development so as to create favorable conditions for the all-around cooperation between the two countries, he said.
The Vietnamese president, for his part, said the Chinese government sent State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to attend the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting, demonstrating that China attaches great importance to the Sino-Vietnamese relations.
The relations between the two parties and two countries have enjoyed positive development, said Tran. The successful state visit by General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and President Xi Jinping to Vietnam in November last year further boosted the political mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, making Vietnam-China relationship a highlight in the complicated and turbulent international situation, he said.
Vietnam attaches great importance to developing the traditional friendship between the two sides and is willing to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two parties, promote exchanges on governance experiences, better dovetail China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Vietnam’s “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” plan and push forward trade and subnational cooperation between the two countries, the Vietnamese president added.
On March 31, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also met with Wang, and the two sides expressed willingness to strengthen the strategic alignment of respective development plans.
Wang said that during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam, he and Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, reached important political consensus on the highest level.
The two sides should implement the achievements of the visit, put more efforts on strengthening and developing the strategic alignment, properly handle problems emerging from the cooperation process, so as to push forward China-Vietnam relations to bear new fruits, Wang said.
He also expressed willingness for China to continue to participate in the process of the GMS Economic Cooperation, and hoped this mechanism will complement the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, so that they can boost regional development, build a community of shared destiny among subregional countries, and contribute to the construction of a community of a shared future for humanity.
For his part, Nguyen said Vietnam supports China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and is willing to actively promote the alignment of Vietnam’s “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and propel bilateral cooperation in fields such as trade and commerce, and land infrastructure.
The two sides also exchanged views on maritime issues, agreeing that both sides should jointly safeguard maritime peace and stability, and create a friendly environment for all-around cooperation.
Wang is paying an official visit to Vietnam after attending the 6th summit of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation held in Hanoi from March 30 to 31.