|Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng meets with Chinese General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping in Beijing. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng|
BEIJING — Việt Nam and China yesterday signed 15 co-operation agreements in various fields, including economy, transportation, defence, health care, tourism and training, on the occasion of a visit to China by Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng.
The documents include an agreement between the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) and Communist Party of China (CPC) on training senior officials, and a memorandum of understanding on co-operation between the CPV Central Committee’s Economic Commission and the Development Research Centre of China’s State Council.
The two sides inked a document on technical assistance in planning the Lào Cai-Hà Nội-Hải Phòng railway, a joint vision statement on defence co-operation between the two defence ministries to 2025, and a framework agreement on land border gate co-operation between Việt Nam’s Defence Ministry and the China General Administration of Customs.
Việt Nam and China also reached agreement on co-operation in easing technical trade barriers and releasing aquatic varieties in the Tonkin Gulf.
Along with a tourism co-operation plan for the 2017-19 period, the two countries signed co-operation documents between Việt Nam’s National Politics – Truth Publishing House and the People’s Publishing House of China for 2017-21, between the Việt Nam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and between the Việt Nam Red Cross Association and China Red Cross.
The two countries also signed MoUs on television and radio programmes.
The Bank for Investment and Development of Việt Nam and the China Development Bank also signed a MoU on a project sponsoring middle and long-term loans for the 2017-19 period.
Earlier the same day, Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng was welcomed in Beijing with a 21-gun salute at a ceremony traditionally accorded to heads of state, chaired by Chinese General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping. — VNS