|Viet Nam's Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh (L) and China's Vice Premier Ma Kai.— Photo vov
KUNMING (VNS)— Viet Nam's Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and China's Vice Premier Ma Kai have agreed to intensify exchanges and contact between high-ranking officials in various forms, helping boost the development of bilateral ties in a sound and stable manner.
The two leaders met in China yesterday during Ninh's visit to Kunming city in Yunnan Province to attend the first China-South Asia Expo and the 21st China Import&Export Fair, which are running in tangent until today.
They also reached a consensus on the further acceleration of mutually-beneficial co-operation in economics, trade, science-technology, tourism, education and culture.
Regarding bilateral ties, the two sides showed appreciation of recent progress, especially after the telephone talks between the two countries' Party chiefs on March 21 and the sixth Meeting of the Steering Committee on Viet Nam-China Bilateral Co-operation held in Beijing in May.
Ninh suggested the two sides actively work together to implement the list of key co-operation projects which form the five-year development plan for Viet Nam-China trade-economic co-operation (2012-16).
These projects include connecting highways between the two countries, a memorandum of understanding on co-operation in agricultural trading, negotiations on hygiene inspection and quarantine of farm produce and food traded between the two countries. They will also gradually try to achieve a trade balance. Viet Nam asked that China create favourable conditions it to establish trade promotion offices in the country, as well as encouraging businesses to invest in Viet Nam. They also requested that they strengthened their multilateral economic co-operation following the framework of China-ASEAN and the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Deputy PM Ninh said that the events would create good opportunities for ASEAN and North Asian nations as well as China to improve friendships and expand trade, economic and investment co-operation.
Vice Premier Ma Kai declared that he highly valued Viet Nam's participation at the Expo and Fair, saying that it reflects Viet Nam's great attention to further developing the friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with its neighbours.
He confirmed that the Party and Government of China have always attached importance to the development of mutually beneficial relations with Viet Nam.
Chinese side also pledged to actively co-ordinate with Viet Nam in regional and international forums.
Also yesterday, Deputy PM Ninh spoke at the opening ceremony of the expo and the fair that the event had become one of the most attractive opportunities in China for Vietnamese businesses.
The five-day event is set to attract 1,200 businesses from 43 countries and territories. Viet Nam has brought more than 180 booths to the fair - the largest number among participating ASEAN countries - with the majority focusing on handicrafts, food, beverages and footwear. — VNS