|Viet Nam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with China's Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
BEIJING (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung met with China's Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday within the framework of his official friendship visit to China.
Chairman Hung hailed the significance of the Chinese Party leader's State visit to Viet Nam in November, which he said has contributed to consolidating the bilateral time-honoured friendship and deepening their comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership.
The visit of the high-ranking delegation aimed to realise high-level agreements reached by the two countries, Hung stressed.
"The Vietnamese Party, State and people attach great importance to developing the neighbourly friendship and comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership with the Chinese Party, State and people on the basis of pursuing a foreign policy of peace, independence and self-reliance," the NA leader said.
He suggested the two nations step up the implementation of common perceptions and agreements, boost all-round and effective collaboration in economics, trade, investment, culture and education while ensuring balanced interests and mutual benefits.
He also said in the context of complicated developments in the world and regional situation, mutual support at international forums and mechanisms would be significant to the revolutionary cause in each country.
Chairman Hung proposed that the two sides efficiently carry out cooperation mechanisms and programmes through the Party, Government, parliament and Fatherland Fronts, and between their ministries, sectors and localities in order to further realise the bilateral comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership.
Regarding sea-related issues, the NA leader emphasised the agreement reached by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping on strengthening political trust through the settlement of issues of different perceptions in the spirit of mutual understanding, friendship and honesty.
He confirmed Viet Nam's stance to work together with China to increase mutual understanding, maintain dialogue, and seek basic and long-term solutions acceptable to both sides.
During the settlement process, both sides should maintain stability and boost maritime co-operation, he stressed.
"The sea-related issue is important to the two countries' relations, which relates to the people's rights, interests and sentiment, and attracts the attention from Vietnamese NA deputies and voters," said Hung.
"The sea issue should be addressed with a long-term strategic vision in line with international law and with full respect for each country's legitimate interests and Viet Nam-China relations in general. Handling the issue well will help strengthen political trust and facilitate the development of the bilateral comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership."
For his part, the Chinese leader spoke highly of the collaboration between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the Chinese National People's Congress.
The Chinese Party and State continued to treasure and support this relationship as well as friendship exchanges between the two countries' people, he said, suggesting both sides should maintain delegation exchanges, information and experience sharing, and mutual co-ordination and support at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums.
Xi Jinping expressed his belief that the upcoming 12th National Party Congress of Viet Nam would be a success and Viet Nam would make greater achievements in national construction and development process.
The two leaders reached consensus on increasing high-level meetings and visits, promoting communications and stepping up people-to-people exchanges in order to improve public awareness on the development of bilateral relations, for the interests of each country, and for peace and development in the region and the world.
Meeting with Vietnamese
Chairman Hung on the same day talked with the Vietnamese embassy staff and expatriates in China.
The legislative leader said the visit aims to realise the agreements reached by leaders of the two countries and further their friendship and comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership.
He added that the Vietnamese Party, State and people attach much importance to the neighbourly friendship and comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership with China on the basis of its external policy of peace, independence, self-reliance, multi-lateralisation and diversification.
Chairman Hung extolled the positive progress in the Viet Nam-China relations in recent years as seen in regular high-level delegation visits and exchanges along with stronger coordination among ministries, sectors and localities, and collaboration in economics, trade, and investment.
The two sides have reached a lot of common perceptions on boosting practical co-operation in the coming time, he noted.
He spoke at length about the NA's activities, including the adoption of the 2013 Constitution highlighting human rights and citizen rights to democracy and freedom.
Vietnamese Ambassador to China Dang Minh Khoi told the NA leader that the embassy has worked hard to boost the State and parliamentary relations between the two countries while actively promoting cultural exchanges, education, and economic ties. — VNS