February, 25 2014 09:03:00

Viet Nam, China to foster mutual understanding

VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo

BEIJING (VNS)— The Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) should work more closely to foster better mutual understanding, said VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing yesterday, Nhan noted that the move was in line with the Viet Nam–China comprehensive strategic partnership.

He claimed that Viet Nam was actively realising the agreements reached during Li's visit to Viet Nam last October, including three cooperation deals on land, sea and finance, while asking the Premier to direct Chinese agencies to put these deals into effect as soon as possible.

Li hailed Nhan's first visit in his role as VFF President, saying the agreements reached during the visit will be helpful for bilateral ties, enabling both sides to share their experience in management and national development.

Viet Nam was a neighbour and key partner of China, the host pointed out. He also expressed hope that China would be keen to facilitate high-level visits and strengthen political trust as a result of the ongoing sound and stable development of relations between the two nations.

On Sunday, Nhan met with Chairman of the CPPCC's National Committee Yu Zhengsheng, noting that the VFF would pursue the policy of furthering cooperation with the CPPCC to contribute to the strategic partnership between the two countries.

The VFF leader reflected on the visit to China by President Truong Tan Sang and the Vietnamese visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in 2013. He said those diplomatic events, along with his current visit from February 21 to 25, reaffirmed Viet Nam's desire to enhance comprehensive co-operation between the two parties, states and peoples.

Highlighting the two committees' significance to each country's political sphere, Nhan voiced his hope that they would further develop their important role in national construction and development while effectively implementing the outstanding agreements.

Echoing Nhan's comments, Yu Zhengsheng suggested the two sides step up their partnership in the period ahead, especially through the exchange of delegations and the organisation of seminars.

He spoke highly of the China-Viet Nam relationship over the past year, saying China has long pursued a policy of being a friendly neighbour and wishes to aid Viet Nam's development.

After their talks, Nhan and Yu witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on VFF-CPPCC co-operation during 2014-19.

Earlier, Nhan undertook a fact-finding tour of CPPCC's chapter in Heping District, Tianjin City, during which he met with Sun Chunlan, secretary of the municipal People's Committee, and He Lifeng, president of the chapter.

Nhan expressed his hope that more and more Tianjin businesses would invest in Viet Nam, thus contributing to the traditional friendship between the two countries.

Tianjin, which has a twin relationship with Viet Nam's northern port city of Hai Phong, has 19 projects in Viet Nam with total registered capital of more than US$50 million.

Trade between the city and Vietnamese localities in 2013 exceeded $3 billion, up 75 per cent against the previous year. — VNS

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