|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Yunnan, China. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
BEIJING — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Yunnan, China, yesterday on the sideline of the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
Both sides said they highly valued the co-operation between ASEAN and China and wanted to boost the ties further.
They said the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting would help enhance mutual understanding and co-operation between the two sides, which is an important preparation for the success of the Commemorative Summit marking ASEAN-China dialogue partnership later this year.
Deputy PM Minh took note of developments in Việt Nam-China ties and proposed that the two sides maintain delegation exchanges and contacts at high level while pushing forward mutually-benefiting co-operation and the implementation of agreements reached during visits of their leaders.
He urged more balanced and sustainable economic and trade ties and stronger cooperation between the two foreign ministries.
Minh requested China to facilitate the import of Vietnamese goods, particularly agro-forestry-fishery products.
He said both sides needed to improve the performance of their working groups on infrastructure and finance-currency, thus accelerating construction speed of contracted infrastructure projects.
He asked China to implement preferential credit packages for Việt Nam.
The Vietnamese Deputy PM and Foreign Minister also expressed Việt Nam’s concern over the recent complicated developments in the East Sea, and called for compliance of commitments and common perceptions reached by leaders of the two Parties and countries on well controlling disputes and refraining from acts that further complicate the situation while pushing for progress in negotiation mechanisms on disputes at sea.
He noted the need to together with the ASEAN effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and early build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) to help maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and the region.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed with his guest on measures to boost Việt Nam-China co-operation.
He went on to say both China and ASEAN wanted to maintain peace, co-operation and control dispute in the East Sea. — VNS