HA NOI — State President Truong Tan Sang yesterday expressed his hope that when the Ha Noi – Lao Cai Highway was completed, trade and economic exchange between Viet Nam and the Chinese province of Yunnan would increase.
He suggested Yunnan co-operate with Viet Nam in the field of high technology, one of the province's fortes.
Governor of Yunnan Li Jiheng said that relations between Viet Nam and China were a valuable asset, and Yunnan highly valued its friendship and solidarity with Viet Nam.
He added that the two sides would continue to boost their comprehensive co-operation.
He said that as China wanted the province to become a key channel for China to strengthen diplomatic co-operation with Southeast Asian and South Asian countries, the province would hold a trade exhibition, in the coming time, which he hoped Vietnamese enterprises would participate in to contribute to raising the two-way trade turnover.
Receiving Yunnan Governor Li Jiheng on the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan urged Yunnan and Vietnamese northern border provinces to enhance co-operation and reach the full co-operative potential of all concerned areas.
Nhan asked Yunnan to share experience in urban management and environmental and forestry protection with Viet Nam, as well as work towards reopening the Thanh Thuy international border gate to enhance trade.
Li said that his visit aimed to would strengthen friendship and co-operation with neighbouring Vietnamese localities in the fields of economics, trade, education, training, culture, sports and mining.
He said both parties needed to work closely to deal with current challenges and create the best possible conditions to promote bilateral co-operation and investment in an effective and practical manner.
In a meeting yesterday, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phuong Nga and Li agreed that Viet Nam and the province should mobilise their current co-operation mechanism and make sustainable use of water resources in the two countries' border areas.
The two sides also agreed to implement three documents on joint land border management, contributing to a peaceful, friendly and stable border area. — VNS