YUNNAN — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan voiced pleasure at the development of the comprehensive strategic and co-operative partnership between Viet Nam and China, during a meeting with Yunnan provincial governor Li Jiheng here on Friday, part of his working visit to China.
The strategic partnership was especially fostered after Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited China last October, followed by the December visit to Viet Nam of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Nhan said.
Relations between border regions of the two countries had been growing, he noted, with bilateral trade between Viet Nam and Yunnan rising nearly 28 per cent in 2011 to over US$1.2 billion.
Nhan proposed increasing contacts between leaders of Vietnamese provinces and Yunnan Province to discuss measures to further boost bilateral co-operation. He also called for enhanced co-operation in trade and investment, especially in transport infrastructure, science and technology, mining, culture and tourism, and education and training.
He urged border provinces of both countries to co-ordinate to implement three documents already signed relating to battling cross-border crime and helping maintain order and security in the border areas.
Li briefed Nhan on his province's general situation, stressing the potential for further co-operation between the two sides through increased exchanges and greater trade and investment promotion efforts, with a view to expanding and further promoting the comprehensive strategic and co-operative partnership. — VNS