BEIJING — Viet Nam and China acknowledged recent positive developments in bilateral relations, especially those made after Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's visit to China last October and Vice President Xi Jinping's trip to Viet Nam last December.
This statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Vice Premier Li Keqiang last Saturday in Hainan, China, during a bilateral meeting prior to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2012.
The two countries should work together closely to implement the decisions reached by their high-ranking leaders in order to foster friendship and co-operation, they said.
They agreed that both countries should continue to maintain high-level contacts and visits, considering them a decisive element in strengthening bilateral relations.
They proposed that relevant Vietnamese and Chinese agencies quickly agree upon a list of joint projects for 2011-15 to work towards raising two-way trade to US$60 billion by 2015.
Regarding the East Sea issue, Deputy PM Hai emphasised that both sides needed to strictly enforce the basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime disputes between Viet Nam and China so as to satisfactorily resolve any sea-related issues that might arise.
Hai requested that China unconditionally release two fishing vessels and 21 Vietnamese fishermen seized by the country, and asked that no further action be taken to complicate the situation.
Vice Premier Li Keqiang said China attached great importance to developing friendly and neighbourly relations and mutually beneficial co-operation with Viet Nam in all areas.
Li welcomed Hai to the Boao forum, saying his presence was a testament to the Vietnamese Government's desire to boost economic co-operation in the region, as well as economic and trade ties between the two countries.
The same day, Hai met with Lou Baoming, secretary of the Hainan provincial Party Committee, who noted that trade, investment and economic ties between Hainan and Vietnamese localities had grown rapidly, with two-way trade last year increasing by half.
However, Lou Baoming said that there was still untapped potential for stronger co-operation and that the province wanted to increase friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial co-operation with Viet Nam. — VNS