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Deputy Prime Minister holds talks to improve co-operative ties with China

Update: June, 19/2015 - 08:43
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (left) meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday in Beijing. The DPM will attend the three-day Eighth Meeting of the China-Viet Nam Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation. — VNA/VNS Photo Thu Yen
BEIJING (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi yesterday discussed an action programme on the Viet Nam-China strategic co-operative partnership in order to enhance bilateral ties.

At the eighth meeting of the Viet Nam-China Steering Committee on Bilateral Co-operation between June 17 and 19, the two leaders also sought measures to realise agreements reached during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's visit to China in April.

Both sides agreed to maintain regular visits and meetings between high-ranking leaders, carry out a co-operation plan for 2016-2020 between the two Parties and organise exchange activities this year.

They decided on priority initiatives to strengthen co-operation between ministries, sectors and localities, particularly in diplomacy, defence, security and law enforcement, while agreeing on specific measures to boost economic, trade and investment ties and expand co-operation in agriculture, health, transport and science and technology.

The two sides also exchanged views candidly on maritime issues, stressing the need to follow important common perceptions reached by the Parties and States, and strictly implement their agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues.

They emphasised the importance of effectively using government-level negotiations for the Viet Nam-China border using negotiations to seek basic and long-term solutions acceptable to both countries to control differences at sea. They also agreed to follow the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), working towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) and avoiding any actions that complicate disputes in order to maintain the Viet Nam-China partnership as well as peace and stability in the East Sea.

Meet with Li

Both sides agreed to maintain regular visits and meetings between high-ranking leaders, carry out a co-operation plan for 2016-2020 between the two Parties and organise exchange activities this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Thu Yen

Yesterday, the Vietnamese official met with Premier Li Keqiang, during which he affirmed Viet Nam attached importance to developing its comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership with China.

He asked the Premier to direct Chinese sectors and localities to implement the outcome of the meeting, increase imports of Vietnamese agro-fishery-forestry products and address disputes in the East Sea on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Premier Li, in turn, confirmed that the Chinese Party, Government and people wished to maintain high-level meetings and visits between the two countries and were willing to work with Viet Nam to deal with disputes and boost bilateral co-operation to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The same day, Minh met Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The two sides agreed to strengthen collaboration between their ministries, intensify visits and meetings between senior leaders and enhance co-operation in economics, trade and investment. — VNS

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