|JCP Vice Chairman Yasuo Ogata. — Photo vov
HA NOI (VNS) — The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Central Committee offered congratulations to the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) on its 12th National Party Congress, scheduled to take place in Ha Noi from January 20-28.
In an interview with Vietnam News Agency correspondents, JCP Vice Chairman Yasuo Ogata said Viet Nam had undergone considerable changes and reaped a number of achievements under the CPV's sound leadership, including its victory in the fights against colonialism and imperialism that secured national independence, freedom and reunification, substantially contributing to peace and social progress in the world.
He said another achievement was seen in the implementation of the doi moi (renewal) policy, which helped Viet Nam become a middle-income country since its implementation in 1986. Within two decades, the poverty rate was cut from 58 per cent to 6 per cent, which was highly valued by the UN.
Yasuo Ogata said Viet Nam is an outstanding player in the international arena, as evidenced by its recent non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and activeness in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
He added that the CPV and JCP have maintained co-operation and solidarity over the past five decades. JCP Chairman Kazuo Shii visited Viet Nam in 2007 and 2013 and had talks with CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
The JCP said he valued the talks between the two Party leaders during the CPV chief's visit to Japan in September 2015, noting that both sides agreed to reinforce their ties in three areas: fostering co-operation to boost bilateral efforts and people-to-people relations, co-operating for peace in Asia and the world, and increasing theory discussions.
The JCP official said the two parties agree that working towards the development of a friendship between their countries is a major mission, and the JCP is pleased with the vigorous growth of this relationship.
Warm message from Mexico
Manilo Fabio Beltrones, chairman of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the ruling party in Mexico, also extended his congratulations to General Secretary of the CPV Nguyen Phu Trong.
In his message, Manilo Fabio Beltrones offered the warmest congratulations to the CPV's Central Committee and CPV members ahead of its 12th National Party Congress.
The CPV plays a crucial role in the construction of a modern and strong nation, he wrote.
He expressed hopes that relations between the two parties will be expanded and consolidated in the future.
Viet Nam and Mexico established diplomatic relations on May 19, 1975, and since then the political and diplomatic relationship between the two countries has developed both bilaterally and on multilateral forums.
The economic-trade co-operation between the two nations has made strong strides, and Mexico is currently Viet Nam's second largest trade partner in Latin America, only behind Brazil. In addition, Viet Nam is Mexico's 12th largest trade partner in the Asia-Pacific region. — VNS