Panel celebrates National Party Congress (Source: VNA)
Beijing (VNA) - Major Chinese press outlets such as the People and Xinhua on January 19 covered preparations for the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The online Chinese-language People newspaper published 10 pictures featuring the atmosphere around the capital and the National Convention Centre on the eve of the National Party Congress.

Meanwhile, Xinhua News Agency published an article titled ‘Why the 12th National Party Congress of Vietnam is highly anticipated” in Chinese. It hailed Vietnam’s socio-economic progress toward socialism.

It said Vietnam and China are at the forefront of new opportunities.

As socialist neighbours, the two countries established their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and scored significant achievements in economics, trade, people-to-people exchange, national defence and legal enforcement.

Two-way trade hit a record 95.82 billion USD last year. China has been Vietnam’s largest trade partner for the last 12 years.

In 2014, Vietnam became China’s second largest trade partner in Southeast Asia.-VNA