|The Việt Nam – China Friendship Association in HCM City discussed plans for further cultural exchange activities in the city’s District 1 yesterday. – VNA/VNS Photo Việt Dũng|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The Việt Nam – China Friendship Association in HCM City yesterday reviewed its achievements over the last five years and made plans to hold more cultural exchange events, seek more financial resources, and explore more business opportunities between local firms and Chinese partners.
As a means of cultural exchange, both countries have held regular meetings over the years to celebrate each country’s national holidays as well as musical performances, association members said at a meeting held in HCM City.
The association has also taken part in completing a book and a documentary depicting co-operation between Việt Nam and China. In addition, it has sent donations and held charity events for residents in China who are poor or have suffered from the effects of natural disasters.
However, the association representatives noted that some members had not contributed as frequently as others due to their personal schedules.
The group said that it also needed to attract more youth who study Chinese at university or study abroad in China and to find more financial sources to organise bigger events.
Over the next five-year period, it will also encourage more young people to take part in its cultural events and will seek more financial sources to improve its activities and raise more awareness of Việt Nam- China relations.
“We will focus on exploring more business opportunities between HCM City firms and Chinese partners,” said Trần Kháng Chiến, the deputy chairman.
At its meeting, the association voted for its members of its committee board. While most of its members, including chairman Dương Quan Hà, have retained their positions from the previous period, seven new members were welcomed. — VNS