|An elderly passenger is escorted to the river bank after being rescued from the Dongfangzhixing or "Eastern Star" vessel which sank in the Yangtze river in Jianli, central China's Hubei province on June 2, 2015. Divers raced to find survivors on June 2 after a Chinese ship sank with more than 450 mainly elderly people in the storm-tossed Yangtze river, raising hopes more people can be found alive. — Photo AFP
HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese leaders sent letters of condolences to their Chinese counterparts yesterday over the recent tragic boat sinking on the Yangtze River which has claimed at least 65 lives.
State President Truong Tan Sang extended his condolences to Chinese President Xi Jinping, while Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung conveyed his sympathy to Premier Li Keqiang.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh conveyed messages of sympathy to State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
On the same day, at the Foreign Ministry's regular press conference, Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang extended the country's condolences to the Chinese Government, people and victims' relatives.
She added that she hoped that search and rescue efforts by the Chinese Government would be successful in finding the missing persons as soon as possible. —VNS