|Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping
HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping will pay a two-day State visit to Viet Nam beginning today at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Truong Tan Sang.
This is the Chinese Party and State leader's first visit to Viet Nam in nine years, which takes place amidst good relations. Regular meetings between senior leaders reflect the positive ties, and the two sides have reached several agreements on measures to improve bilateral ties in a stable, healthy and sustainable manner.
Co-operation between the two Parties is ongoing. In June, Dinh The Huynh – Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) Central Committee and Chairman of the CPV Central Committee's Commission for Communications and Education – and Liu Qibao – Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee's Secretariat and Chairman of the CPC Central Committee's Publicity Department – chaired the countries' 11th Political Ideology workshop.
The visit made by Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping is significant to Viet Nam-China relations and Viet Nam's greater external relations. During the visit, Viet Nam aims to continue to affirm its foreign policy principles of independence, self-reliance, multilateralism and diversification. The country also hopes to demonstrate its determination to develop ties with China based on mutual respect, mutual benefit and equality. Viet Nam will protect its legitimate interests in the East Sea through international law and work with China to control disputes, and maintain peace and stability in the sea.
This year the countries have organised activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties. Connections between their ministries, sectors and localities have been strengthened, and personnel exchanges are regularly organised. One such development occurred in April, when the two nations held the seventh conference of the joint working committee between China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Viet Nam's northern border provinces of Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, and Quang Ninh. A tourism programme, In the Footprints of Uncle Ho, was also held in Guangxi province in May.
The two countries' economic, trade and investment relations have also grown significantly. Trade reached US$49 billion in the first nine months of 2015, marking a year-on-year rise of 16 per cent. Viet Nam exports accounted for $12.4 billion of this trade.
Total investment of over $8.4 billion in 1,180 projects made China the ninth largest foreign investor in Viet Nam at the end of last year.
Chinese visitors remained the biggest tourist demographic in Viet Nam, with 12.6 million visiting between this January and September. — VNS