|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Right) meets with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam-China ties have improved and grown when Party and State leaders maintained frequent contact and achieved common understanding on many aspects of their bilateral comprehensive partnership, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
Receiving Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Ha Noi, he said the latter's visit carried great significance, taking place at a time when the nations were celebrating the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.
Zhang said his visit aimed to join hands with Viet Nam in implementing agreements reached by the two countries' senior leaders, which are to enhance friendship and co-operation and to resolve differences satisfactorily to create an environment of peace and stability for co-operation and development.
The leaders agreed that both sides would increase political trust by maintaining contacts and exchanges of high-ranking delegations.
They said both sides should act promptly and exchange views on important issues and ease obstacles to co-operation, ensuring that bilateral ties develop on the right track.
Zhang said that Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping highly appreciated the Vietnamese leaders' invitation to visit Viet Nam and has asked both sides to work closely to arrange the trip.
The Vice Premier also renewed an invitation by Chinese leaders for PM Dung to visit China as soon as possible.
The two leaders agreed on enhancing economic, trade, investment and tourism ties, and shared the hope that bilateral trade would reach US$100 billion in the near future.
They also agreed to promote the role of the two working groups on infrastructure and monetary affairs while discussing China's wish to invest in major infrastructure construction projects in Viet Nam and to co-operate in enhancing Vietnamese production capacity.
The leaders reached agreement on encouraging exchanges and co-operation between localities, especially in border areas, promoting the building of cross-border economic zones, increasing people-to-people exchanges, particularly among the youth, and expanding personnel training co-operation.
On the East Sea (South China Sea) issue, Prime Minister Dung urged both countries to maintain effective control of differences, avoid activities that complicate the circumstances further and strictly abide by basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between two nations as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
He called for continued collaboration with ASEAN members to complete a Code of Conduct (COC) for the East Sea, and for sea disputes to be addressed through peaceful measures in line with international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The two countries should work together to maintain regional and international peace and stability, he said.
The Prime Minister recommended that both sides adopt a negotiation mechanism on marine issues and fully realise co-operation agreements, including negotiations on delimitation and co-operation in the waters off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Concurring with Dung, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli stressed that the two sides need to implement signed agreements, avoid actions that complicate the situation, maintain effective control over differences and enhance collaboration in less sensitive fields at sea.
Earlier, the Chinese Vice Premier had held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
At this meeting, Phuc spoke highly of China's decision to import Vietnamese forestry and agriculture products in addition to supporting the country to build infrastructure and develop healthcare and education in border provinces
After their talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of an action plan on implementing the 2016-2018 cultural co-operation agreement. — VNS