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Prime Minister holds talks with Chinese, Cambodian counterparts

Update: September, 03/2013 - 09:11
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday in Nanning City. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

NANNING (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has reiterated the Vietnamese Party and State's long-lasting and consistent policy of consolidating and strengthening neighbourliness and co-operation with China.

During his talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Nanning City yesterday to mark the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the 10th China-ASEAN Business-Investment Summit,Dung spoke highly of China and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region's careful preparations.

During the last 10 years, he said that CAEXPO has become one of the most prestigious and influential expos in the region and a good chance for ASEAN and China to strengthen their strategic partnership.

Premier Li said the delegation's participation in the expo and summit reflected Viet Nam's appreciation of strengthening the relationship with China.

He said that the Chinese Party, State and people were willing to deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Viet Nam and China have agreed to increase high-ranking visits and meetings, enhance co-operation for mutual benefit in all fields in order to fulfill the target of raising bilateral trade to $60 billion by 2015 and implement joint large-scale economic projects, especially those in infrastructure while strengthening people-to-people exchanges.

Regarding sea-related issues, the two sides held that both nations needed to together maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, control the situation at sea and resolve every matter via peaceful negotiations.

PM Dung emphasised that the two sides should strictly obey the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China, settle disputes by peaceful means and on the basis of international law.

He suggested the two countries soon put into operation and promote the efficiency of hotlines between the two defence ministries and fishery agencies as agreed. He said this would help promptly deal with arising problems, especially those relating to fishing vessels and fishermen.

Dung invited Premier Li to visit Viet Nam at an early date and the latter accepted. Later, the Vietnamese Government leader received Chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chen Wu, and Yunnan province's Governor, Ly Jiheng.

The same day, also in Nanning City, Dung met with his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, during which he congratulated Cambodia on its achievements in national development and the success of the fifth general election.

Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their support and assistance in the past and said that the Cambodian Government would continue to make every effort to maintain stability in the country, thus contributing to regional and international peace.

The China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the 10th China-ASEAN Business-Investment Summit (CABIS) have attracted the participation of more than 100 Vietnamese businesses from 17 provinces and cities.

Last year, Vietnamese businesses signed deals worth more than $90 million with foreign partners at CAEXPO. — VNS

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