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Viet Nam, China reaffirm political ties

Update: September, 16/2015 - 08:10
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing, left) and Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (standing, right) witness the signing of monetary co-operation between the State Bank of Viet Nam and the People's Bank of China yesterday in Beijing, China. — VNA/VNS Photo Trung Kien

BEIJING (VNS) — Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli reiterated the two countries' policy of treasuring their relationship during talks in Beijing yesterday.

Deputy PM Phuc is on an official visit to China, where he will attend the China-ASEAN Exhibition Fair and the 12th China-ASEAN Trade and Investment Summit in Guangxi Province.

The two officials discussed measures to implement agreements reached by their top leaders to develop a strategic partnership in a stable and sustainable manner.

The measures include maintaining high-level visits; stepping up people-to-people exchanges and ministry, sector and locality co-operation; accelerating investments and financial ties and developing border economies.

Phuc suggested the Chinese Government support its businesses by increasing imports of Vietnamese agro-forestry and aquatic products and expanding investments in Viet Nam.

He asked for the Chinese Government's co-ordination in clearing bottlenecks in joint projects currently underway in Viet Nam and in sharing experience in monetary policies and managing foreign exchange and financial systems.

He suggested both sides work on co-operative transport projects, such as the Lao Cai-Ha Noi-Hai Phong express railway and the Mong Cai-Van Don and Dong Dang-Tra Linh expressways.

On maritime issues, Deputy PM Phuc said that sovereignty and national interest-related issues were sacred.

He said Party and State leaders of the two countries had common perceptions on the issues, including working together to manage sea disputes, not taking any actions that could complicate or worsen disputes and maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea for peace, stability and development in the region in line with international law – particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Vice-Premier Zhang congratulated Viet Nam on its 70 years of construction and development accomplishments.

He hoped to retain high-level contacts and strategic dialogues, reinforce political trust and expand people-to-people exchange.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents, including an agreement on non-refundable aid between the two governments and the minutes from the first meeting of the working group on monetary cooperation between the two State banks. — VNS

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