June, 21 2013 08:54:28

Viet Nam, China seek to build trust through friendship, co-operation

President Truong Tan Sang (left) with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

BEIJING (VNS)— Viet Nam and China have discussed specific measures to enhance political mutual trust by promoting bilateral co-operation and all-level friendship exchanges.

During the meeting between visiting President Truong Tan Sang and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday, the two sides agreed to promote mutually beneficial co-operation, bring economic-trade links to a new stage in a more effective and sustainable manner, and incessantly enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.

Premier Li spoke highly of the outcomes of the talks between President Truong Tan Sang and Chinese President Xi Jinping, affirming that the China's Government will work with its Vietnamese counterpart to effectively implement agreements reached during the visit.

President Sang congratulated Li Keqiang on his election as the Chinese Premier and conveyed the regards of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and other Vietnamese leaders.

They reached a consensus on implementing a plan for Viet Nam–China economic and trade co-operation development for the 2012–2016 period, further promoting partnership in agriculture, transport, manufacturing and support industries and the building of infrastructure facilities linking the two countries, with the primary focus on a road connecting Pingxiang, Ha Noi and Hai Phong, and a Ha Noi, Lao Cai and Hai Phong express railway.

Drastic and effective measures were also reached to create balanced, healthy and sustainable bilateral trade that benefits both countries. The two sides set a goal of lifting two-way trade to US$60 billion ahead of schedule by 2015.

President Sang asked the Chinese side to make it easier for Viet Nam's goods to enter China, especially farm produce, forestry products and aquaculture and fisheries, as these are Viet Nam's particular strengths. He also called for them to consider the signing of long-term Government contracts to import key items from Viet Nam that China needs.

Viet Nam hails Chinese investment in infrastructure, transport, manufacturing and support industries, especially large-scale projects using advanced technologies, he said.

The two leaders shared the view that the countries' relevant ministries and departments need to perfect co-operation mechanisms, and sign or amend existing agreements to create more favourable conditions for the expansion of bilateral economic and trade co-operation.

Regarding sea-related issues, they were unanimous in their desire to maintain contact and dialogue and reach a satisfactory settlement of emerging issues through peaceful means in line with the common perception of the two nations' high-ranking leaders, international law and the Agreement on Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Sea-related Issues between Viet Nam and China.

At the same time, they suggested their ministries and agencies promptly launch a hotline to settle cases of contingency involving fishing activities to match their friendship.

On the occasion, President Sang, on behalf of the Communist Party of Viet Nam ( CPV ) Central Committee and Prime Minister Dung, invited Premier Li Keqiang to officially visit Viet Nam. Li accepted the invitation with pleasure and said he will visit Viet Nam at an appropriate time.

The same day, President Sang met with Chairman of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Zhang Dejiang.

The State leader congratulated Zhang on his election as Chairman of the 12th NPC Standing Committee. He conveyed the regards of Vietnamese leaders and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung's to Chairman Zhang.

Zhang spoke highly of President Sang's visit, saying it will create a new momentum for further consolidating and developing the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership.

He also expressed his pleasure at the encouraging progress made in co-operation between the two legislatures and their bodies, which he said have helped reinforce political trust between the two Parties and States.

Both host and guest agreed that in the coming time, the two parliaments will continue to maintain high-level meetings and exchange of delegations between their committees while increasingly sharing legislative experience and supervising and accelerating the two Governments' realisation of signed agreements, especially an action programme on the implementation of the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership.

The two countries should further promote available bilateral co-operation mechanisms, boost balanced and sustainable trade and speed up investment to expand their economic and trade ties, they said.

President Sang and Chairman Zhang declared that they highly valued the roles of the Viet Nam-China and China-Vietnam friendship parliamentarian groups in fostering the friendship and co-operation between the two nations and their people.

They expressed their wish that the two legislatures will strengthen co-ordination at regional and international parliamentary organisations and work together in ensuring the efficiency and high enforceability of international treaties signed by the two countries.

They also agreed that the two countries' leaders should maintain regular discussions and dialogues on maritime issues between Viet Nam and China , and satisfactorily settle newly arising issues by peaceful means on the basis of international law and the Vietnam-China agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.

On this occasion, President Sang conveyed Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Hung's invitation to Zhang Dejiang to pay an official visit to Viet Nam in an appropriate time. Zhang accepted the invitation happily.

Within the framework of the visit, yesterday, Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The two ministers discussed measures to realise the common perceptions of the two countries' high-ranking leaders on deepening the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership.

They also talked ways to increase exchanges between the two ministries in the coming time as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The same day, leaders of the Vietnamese Ministries of Public Security, Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Transport met with their Chinese counterparts. — VNS

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