|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (right) receives Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday reiterated Viet Nam's unwavering policy of attaching great importance to friendship and comprehensive co-operation with China.
Meeting with the visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Party leader Trong underlined the need to consolidate and boost relations between Viet Nam and China.
He noted that this was a common responsibility for both sides and went with the fundamental and long-term benefits for the two peoples as well as regional and global peace and stability.
The Party chief asked the Viet Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation to further enhance its guiding role in strengthening the friendship and the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.
At a meeting with Yang Jiechi the same day, President Truong Tan Sang suggested the two countries should focus on effectively carrying out agreements signed by their senior leaders, including an action programme on the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic partnership.
The programme calls for urgently establishing a working group on infrastructure co-operation and a working group on monetary co-operation to increase bilateral co-operation in related fields, and boost economic and trade ties.
The President highlighted the importance of maritime issues in bilateral ties. He said this was of concern not only between the two Parties and States, but also between the two peoples. Unless the two Parties and States exercised restraint, the relationship and feelings between the two peoples would be affected.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said the Chinese Party and State treasure and want to forge the neighborliness and comprehensive co-operation with Viet Nam. He stressed the reasonable settlement of disputes would meet the two people's interests and have a positive impact on stability and development in the region.
|Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (R) and Chinese State Councilor Jang Jiechi. —VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh and Chinese State Councilor Jang Jiechi co-chaired the Seventh Meeting of the Viet Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation yesterday.
At the meeting, the two sides reviewed the developments of bilateral co-operation in various areas since the Sixth Meeting of the Viet Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation convened in May 2103, and gave instructions for future co-operation.
The two sides expressed the view that the stable and sound development of the Viet Nam-China relations would meet the interests of the two peoples for the benefit of peace, stability and development in the region. The two sides agreed to make joint efforts to implement agreements and common understandings reached between the two countries.
The two sides agreed to facilitate exchange and co-operation, promote the effective implementation of the Action Plan of the Viet Nam-China strategic partnership, and establish working groups on infrastructure and foreign exchange to strengthen co-operation in these areas.
They also agreed to implement three documents on land borders between Viet Nam and China, and co-ordinate with each other to resolve issues on border management. Both sides viewed that a measured approach to issues at sea would be of significance to bilateral relations.
The two sides agreed to conduct joint surveys to provide a basis for negotiations on the demarcation of waters off the Tonkin Gulf and joint development cooperation in this area as agreed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Milan earlier this month.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said that Viet Nam attached importance to the development of its comprehensive strategic partnership with China and said the two sides should implement agreements reached during the visit to China by Le Hong Anh, Special Envoy of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam.
Minh highlighted the position of the Party and State of Viet Nam on the East Sea issue and reaffirmed Viet Nam's wish to use peaceful measures to settle disputes on the basis of the common understandings between the leaders of the two countries, the Agreement on Basic Principles on the Settlement of Maritime Issues between Viet Nam and China, and international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).
State Councilor Yang Jiechi said that Viet Nam was an important neighbour, and the Party, Government and people of China attached importance to the policy of promoting friendship and co-operation with Viet Nam. He stressed that, with joint efforts, the two sides had overcome recent difficulties. Bilateral relations had been resumed, and the two sides should follow the direction of development set out in bilateral relations and handle maritime disagreements to create a favorable environment for bilateral co-operation. State Councilor Yang agreed to instruct relevant Chinese authorities to actively implement agreements reached at this meeting.
After the meeting, the two officials witnessed the signing of the Minutes of the 7th Meeting of the Viet Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation.— VNS