Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam welcomes capable businesses from China to take part in major projects in the country, especially those within the framework of “Two corridors – one economic belt” and “Belt and Road” connectivity initiatives, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
PM Phúc made the statement during a reception in Hà Nội on March 30 for leaders of the Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan, who have been in Vietnam to attend the sixth Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit (GMS 6) and the GMS Business Summit.
Highlighting the growing partnership between ministries, sectors and localities of the two countries as well as exchanges between their people, the PM affirmed that Việt Nam always attached great importance to fostering cooperation with China, in which collaboration among their localities plays a significant role.
"The fruitful cooperation among localities is a bright spot in the Việt Nam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership," he said, adding that the Government of Vietnam always supported and created optimal conditions, especially in terms of infrastructure, for localities to strengthen win-win partnerships.
Leaders of the Chinese provinces said they were impressed by Việt Nam’s rapid and comprehensive development, expressing their belief that the success of the GMS would open up new cooperation prospects for Việt Nam and China and their localities in particular, especially in economy, trade, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges.
Vice Governor of Guangdong province Au Yang Wei Min spoke highly of the close friendship between localities of China and Việt Nam.
Meanwhile, Li Xiu Ling, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Yunnan province, said that many enterprises of Yunnan were accompanying him during his current trip to Việt Nam to seek opportunities of cooperation with Vietnamese partners.
He said Yunnan hoped to step up cooperation with Việt Nam through the Lào Cai-Hekou route and the building of Kunming-Hà Nội-Hải Phòng economic corridor as well as the Hải Phòng-Lào Cai railway route.
Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee of Hainan Wang Lu invited leaders of the Vietnamese Government and localities to attend the Boao Economic Forum 2018 in Hainan.
Leaders of both Hainan and Guangxi provinces showed their hope to boost collaboration with Vietnamese localities in the fields of tourism, education and training.
PM Phúc suggested Vietnamese and Chinese localities design their cooperation plans in all fields, not only in economy and trade but also in Party and administration building.
Việt Nam and China should work together closely to deal with arising difficulties facing their cooperative ties for sustainable development, he said, proposing China improve its transport infrastructure to create more favourable conditions for promoting economic, trade, tourism ties and people-to-people exchanges with Việt Nam
Along with applying measures to implement common perceptions reached by senior leaders of the two countries, the localities should simplify customs clearance procedures for each other’s goods and people, he said, noting that trade between the four Chinese provinces and Việt Nam reached US$60 billion in 2017.
Vietnamese and Chinese localities should also foster people-to-people exchanges, thus increasing mutual trust and understanding and strengthening solidarity between the people of the two countries, the PM added — VNS