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Foreign Minister looks to boost China relations

Update: February, 14/2012 - 10:45

BEIJING — The Chinese Party, government and people always attaches great importance to ties with Viet Nam, a Chinese senior Party official said yesterday.

During his meeting with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Beijing yesterday, Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (CPCCC), spoke highly of Minh's first visit to China as foreign minister, adding that the visit would contribute to boosting the two nations' comprehensive co-operative partnership.

Zhou, who is also Secretary of the CPCCC Politics and Law Commission, expressed his pleasure at the development of Viet Nam-China friendship that had been nurtured by the two countries' leaders.

The two countries' relations have witnessed new advances, especially after a visit to China by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and a visit to Viet Nam by Chinese Vice President and member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CPCCC, Xi Jinping, he added.

Zhou said he believed relations between the two Parties and States would develop more deeply, more practically and more effectively, in conformity with the basic interests of the two countries' peoples, benefiting peace, stability and development of the region.

He said the two countries should continue to maintain visits and exchanges by high-ranking leaders, strengthen mutual political trust and deepen co-operation in all fields to ensure Viet Nam-China relations developed in a healthy and stable manner.

Meanwhile, Minh congratulated the Chinese people on their achievements in national construction and development.

Minh expressed his belief that the upcoming 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China would be successful.

He also reiterated the Vietnamese Party and State's consistent policies of developing ties with the Chinese Party and State, saying Viet Nam wanted to work with the Chinese Party, government and people to deepen comprehensive co-operative partnerships between the two countries.

During his visit, Minh was received by State Councillor Dai Bingguo.

Dai said the two countries needed to fully uphold the co-operative mechanisms of the Steering Committee for Viet Nam-China Bilateral Co-operation and boost exchanges and co-operation in all fields.

The same day, Minh had a working session with Head of the International Liaison Department of the CPCCC Wang Jiarui, during which the two sides discussed measures to further promote relations between the two Parties.

Bilateral ties

Earlier, Minh and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi held talks in Beijing on Sunday where they reviewed bilateral relations in all fields as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern. They also discussed measures to enhance their comprehensive strategic partnership in the future.

Both ministers said they valued the development...

of relations between the countries, especially after the latest visits to China by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and to Viet Nam by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

They agreed that links between both Parties and States were continuing to develop and become more effective, in line with the interests of both peoples, to ensure peace, stability and development in the region.

The ministers also agreed that to strengthen relations, both foreign ministries needed to work closer together, hold high-level exchanges, and boost co-operation in trade and areas where the two countries had a lot of potential, including infrastructure construction and transport.

On border and territorial issues, both nations said they highly valued co-operative results in adhering to agreements on land borders, and urged related agencies to soon sign an agreement to jointly develop tourism in the area of Ban Gioc waterfalls and an agreement to regulate maritime traffic in the Beilun estuary. They also urged collaboration to ensure sustainable use of river and spring water resources along their common border.

On sea issues, both countries have stated that they would settle all differences by peaceful and friendly negotiations based on the common perception of top officials and under the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues, in line with international laws. This refers specifically to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards the building of a Code of Conduct (COC).

Minh's visit will conclude tomorrow. — VNS

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