|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung will pay an official visit to China from December 23 to 27, aiming at promoting ties between the two countries.
The visit, made at the invitation of Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, has an important significance to the Viet Nam – China bilateral ties and Viet Nam's external relations in general. This is the first trip to China by a Vietnamese top legislator since 2007, and also the first made by Nguyen Sinh Hung in his capacity of Chairman of the 13th National Assembly.
In the context of the growing relationship between the two countries, the visit contributes to implementing common perceptions reached by the two countries' senior leaders on maintaining regular high-ranking visits and contacts.
It is also the occasion for the two countries to promote exchanges and cooperation between the two legislative agencies and compare notes on matters in Viet Nam – China relations.
Through the visit, Viet Nam affirms to persistently pursue a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification, and treasure and develop a good and substantial relationship with China on the principle of mutual respect and win-win benefit.
The visit aims to protect Viet Nam's legitimate interests in the East Sea based on international law and control divergences and together maintain peace and stability in the East Sea for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.
The Viet Nam – China relationship has developed strongly in all fields since the two countries normalised its ties in 1991. The two countries agreed to build a comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership on the principles of the motto "friendly neighbours, comprehensive co-operation, long-term stability and future oriented vision" and the spirit of "good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners".
High-ranking visits and contacts have been maintained and co-operation between ministries and localities have been tightened. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited China in April this year while China's Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping made his first trip to Viet Nam in November.
In 2015, the two countries organised many activities to mark the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
The trade and economic co-operation has developed quickly and the two-way trade reached US$58 billion in 2014 and $54.8 billion in the first 10 months of 2015.
Chinese investors have poured $8.4 billion into 1,212 projects in Viet Nam, ranking ninth among 105 countries and territories which invest in Viet Nam.
The number of Chinese tourists to Viet Nam exceeded 1.4 million visitors in the first ten months of this year.
The two countries also enhanced bilateral co-operation in science and technology, education and training and people-to-people exchanges. — VNS