Zhang Dejiang (Second from Right), Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress, visits the construction site of the Việt Nam-China Friendship Palace in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương Hoa
HÀ NỘI — Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress, visited the construction site of the Việt Nam-China Friendship Palace in Hà Nội yesterday as part of his official visit to the Southeast Asian nation.
The building of the friendship palace, initiated by then Prime Ministers Phan Văn Khải and Wen Jiabao in 2004, officially started on March 4, 2015. It is scheduled to be put into use in 2017.
Đôn Tuấn Phong, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the Việt Nam Union of Friendship Organisations – the project’s investor, thanked the two countries’ Parties, States, parliaments, Governments, relevant ministries and authorities, and the Chinese Embassy for creating favourable conditions for the project.
He asked the project’s contractor, China’s Yunnan provincial construction holding group, to continue working closely with the project’s management board to ensure progress as well as the safety and quality of the building.
Phong said the palace will be a venue for cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, helping them enhance mutual understanding so as to further treasure their amity – a precious common asset.
Meanwhile, Zhang, who is also a member of China’s Politburo Standing Committee, said the palace construction itself is a symbol of the bilateral friendship, adding that the two Parties and States are paying great attention to this project.
He also told the Chinese contractor to ensure the project’s quality and schedule while asking for Việt Nam’s close co-ordination and best possible conditions for the building. — VNS