|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.— VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed initiatives to foster bilateral co-operation by phone on Tuesday as part of Lunar New Year celebrations and the 65th anniversary of Viet Nam - China diplomatic ties.
The proposed initiatives focus on making high-level exchanges and achieving commitments while nurturing co-ordination between the two Parties, agencies, and peoples, especially the younger generations.
General Secretary Trong said that in the past 65 years, the Viet Nam-China traditional and neighbourly friendship fostered by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong and subsequent leaders had been a crucial factor in the triumphs of each nation and an invaluable asset to be inherited, preserved, and upheld.
He said that during the course of difficult periods, the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership must go further for the benefit of both nations and for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and around the world.
He suggested further intensifying mutual understanding and trust, boosting mutually-beneficial co-operation across sectors, maintaining peace and stability and sincere communication in order to appropriately solve the East Sea issues in accordance with reached agreements and international law and practices.
China's Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping congratulated the Vietnamese nation on its strong victories under the leadership of the Communist Party during the past 85 years, and expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Party and people would fulfil the goals set by the 11th National Party Congress and successfully conduct the 12 th National Party Congress.
Praising "the invaluable tradition of friendship and mutual support between the two Parties over the past 65 years", Xi said the Party, government and people of China attached great importance to the friendship.
He expressed desire to deepen collaboration wherever possible and settle differences on the basis of common perceptions between senior leaders. He said he hoped to push the bilateral friendship forward under the motto "friendly neighbours, comprehensive co-operation, long-term stability and future visions" and in the spirit of "good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partnerships".
Both leaders also extended their wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. The two leaders exchanged invitations to visit their respective countries. They agreed to arrange the visits at a suitable time. — VNS