|President Truong Tan Sang (left) meets Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism during World War II. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
BEIJING (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang joined 30 heads of state and government leaders and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony in Beijing yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism during World War II.
Addressing the event, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the significance of the victory 70 years ago. He expressed his gratitude to international friends and countries around the world for supporting the Chinese people.
World War II heavily affected humankind, including the Chinese people, he said, underscoring the importance of the victory for the growth of China as well as the need to maintain peace.
Xi also expressed his wishes for a global community that shared the same fate without discrimination, hatred or war, and in which all countries were equal, respected each other and shared in peace and prosperity.
He highlighted the need to maintain world order on the basis of the UN Charter and international law, while pledging that China would continue to promote peace.
Following the ceremony, a massive parade took place with the involvement of 12,000 soldiers from the Chinese armed forces and several foreign armies.
Also yesterday, President Sang met with Chinese Party General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping.
Sang affirmed that on the basis of its foreign policy of peace, independence, self-reliance and diversification, Viet Nam attached importance to stable, healthy and long-term relations with China and wishes to work with the country to promote the partnership practically and effectively.
He stressed the need to strengthen political trust, maintain senior meetings, boost people-to-people exchange, especially between younger generations, and speed up the implementation of agreements between the two countries' leaders in order to improving the mutual understanding and trust between Viet Nam and China.
Regarding issues in the East Sea, the Vietnamese State leader said that the situation had become increasingly complicated, worrying countries both inside and outside of the region.
He asked the two countries to control disputes, avoid actions that complicate conflicts, work together to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and speed up co-operation projects in line with international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).
The Chinese leader thanked the President Sang for attending celebrations of the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism during World War II, saying that developing the two countries' relations is in the interests of their peoples and benefits peace, stability and development in the region.
Both leaders agreed to intensify bilateral political ties by carrying out agreements in economics, trade and investment and working together to address disputes. — VNS