GUANGXI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has affirmed that consolidating and strengthening friendly and cooperative ties with China is a consistent, long-term and strategic policy, and one of the top priorities of the Vietnamese Party, State and Government's foreign policy.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (left) meets Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Nanning. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Dung made the affirmation while meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping yesterday after arriving in Nanning, the capital of China‘s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to attend the 9th ASEAN-China Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business-Investment Summit (CABIS).
Xi applauded Dung's attendance, which, he said, demonstrated that the Vietnamese Party and State attached importance to strengthening the strategic cooperation partnership between Viet Nam and China, and reflected Viet Nam's support for CAEXPO and CABIS, contributing to the China-ASEAN cooperation.
Marking China's 63rd National Day, the Vietnamese PM congratulated the Chinese government and people on the great achievements they have made under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the past 63 years. He also wished the upcoming 18th National Congress of the CPC success.
Both leaders said they highly valued the outcomes of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's visit to China in October 2011, Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Viet Nam in December 2011 and most recently, the meeting between Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok, Russia earlier this month.
The two sides will boost the practical and mutually beneficial cooperation in all aspects, particularly in economics and trade; strengthen relations between ministries, agencies and localities,and people-to-people exchange activities; enhance cooperation in regional and international issues; and promote communications on the friendship between the two peoples.
They also agreed on the need to persistently maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and satisfactorily resolve every issue through peaceful negotiations.
PM Dung stressed that both sides seriously implement common perceptions of the two countries' high-ranking leaders and strictly abide by the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues, as well as satisfactorily resolving disputes and newly emerging issues through peaceful negotiations, on the basis of international law.
On behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State and Government, PM Dung invited Xi to visit Viet Nam following the conclusion of the 18th National Congress of the CPC.
The Chinese Vice President accepted the invitation with pleasure, saying that the maintenance of high-ranking visits and meetings plays an important role in continuously strengthening and consolidating the relations between the two Parties, States and peoples.
On the same day, Prime Minister Dung had meetings with Party Secretary of Guangxi Province Guo Shengkun and Chairman of the province Ma Biao.
He congratulated the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on the success of the 10th Guangxi Zhuang Regional Party Congress.
The PM also highly appreciated achievements made by the province during its renovation, its openness and socio-economic development, and its role in holding the CAEXPO and CABIS.
The provincial leaders expressed their pleasure at recent progress in relations with Viet Nam's localities, especially those that shared the border with the province.
They affirmed that the provincial party, authorities and people would make efforts to boost friendship and comprehensive co-operation with Viet Nam's localities for mutual benefit.
Dung expressed his pleasure at growing relations between Viet Nam's ministries, sectors and localities and the province, that had contributed to friendship and understanding between the two peoples.
He affirmed that Viet Nam's Party and Government would continue to give their support to deepening the two countries' relations for mutual benefit between Viet Nam's localities and Guangxi Province.
He stressed that the two sides needed to focus on the guidance of the two countries' top leaders in strengthening their co-operation in economy, trade and investment in all fields based on their strengths and potential, as well as facilitating border trade activities.
He also suggested the two sides should increase delegation exchanges at all levels, especially the youth, and continue to co-operate with each other to set up a peaceful, friendly, stable, co-operative border line. —VNS