|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (Right) receives Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and China should build on common perceptions reached by Party and State leaders of both nations, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said yesterday.
At a reception he hosted in Ha Noi for a high-level Chinese Party delegation led by Politburo Standing Committee member and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, he stressed the significance of the visit for relations between the two Parties and countries.
He said the Vietnamese Party, State and people always attached importance to developing the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
He also said he valued the outcomes of Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli's talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on orientations and measures to develop bilateral ties, including result-oriented co-operation in economics, trade and investment and the translation of agreements into concrete projects.
He said both sides should strictly abide by common perceptions reached by their Parties and State leaders, foster result-oriented exchanges and co-operation in all fields, and deal with existing issues step by step for the sake of the two peoples and for regional peace, stability and collaboration.
Zhang applauded the sound progress made in the relationship between the Parties and the nations, especially following Trong's recent visit to China.
He praised the achievements of the Vietnamese Party and people in their doi moi (reform) period as well as the country's increasing stature in the region and the world.
He said the Chinese Party and State accord special importance to traditional amity and multi-faceted co-operation with Viet Nam.
China is willing to join hands with Viet Nam in consolidating their comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership for the fundamental and long-term benefit of both peoples, he said.
Meeting with President
Also yesterday, President Truong Tan Sang met with Zhang Gaoli in Ha Noi.
The president said the visit was of great significance, as the two countries marked the 65th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
He told his guest that to strengthen bilateral ties amidst current complicated global and regional issues, the two nations needed to bolster their political trust on the basis of strict adherence to their previous agreements.
Only through mutual trust built on respect for each other's legitimate interests, equality, sincerity and actions could substantive outcomes be reached in their collaboration, Sang said.
Zhang said during his visit he aimed to work with the Vietnamese Government to implement agreements reached by the countries' leaders.
Accordingly, the two sides would exert efforts to intensify their comprehensive co-operative partnership in a result-oriented manner, maintain all-level contacts, and discuss critical issues relating to their relations and the region.
The leaders also aimed to remove obstacles and enhance substantive co-operation in economics, trade, investment and tourism. Particularly, the two sides would work out solutions to restore trade balance, step up investment using China's cutting-edge technology, and closely co-ordinate to improve production capacity and efficiency, ultimately benefiting both sides, Zhang said.
On sea-related matters, the two sides agreed not to expand disputes or escalate tensions, properly settle disagreements, and co-operate in less sensitive aspects at sea so as to ensure the stable and long-term development of China-Viet Nam relations, he added.
Milestones in relations
Sang and the Chinese vice premier also reviewed milestones in the countries' relations, demonstrated through visits by their senior officials in recent years.
The President hailed the co-operation between the two Governments, asking them to accelerate the implementation of agreements in all fields in line with the two peoples' interests, as well as for the sake of regional and international peace, stability and development.
He noted that despite various measures to boost co-operation on tourism and economy, some objectives had not been fulfilled yet, such as restoring the bilateral trade balance. He asked the Chinese government to work with Viet Nam to reduce Viet Nam's growing trade deficit with China.
Regarding the Bien Dong (East Sea) situation, President Sang said the two sides had gone through lengthy discussions and overcome many difficulties in order to reach agreements. They now needed to implement those agreements. If they did, prospects would open up for the sound settlement of the sea issue, he said.
This matter was of utmost importance, as it had an impact on the trust between the two peoples and the relations between the two Parties and States, he stressed. — VNS