Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (Photo: VNA)

Guangxi (VNA)  - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Nanning, Guangxi on September 10.

The PM is in Guangxi to attend the 13th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS), as part of his official visit to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang from September 10-15.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc told the Chinese Vice Premier that this is the first time Vietnam has attended the CAEXPO as the Honorary Country, which is a good opportunity for Vietnam to enhance economic, trade and investment cooperation with China and other ASEAN countries.

The PM thanked the Chinese Government for providing support to Vietnamese firms and localities in participating in the expo, adding that he believes in the success of the event thanks to the thorough preparations of the host country and the active participation of ASEAN countries.

He appreciated the progress in Vietnam-China cooperation in several fields, and informed his guest that during the visit, he intends to discuss in depth with Chinese Party and Government leaders measures to promote the stable and healthy development of bilateral ties, including maintaining meetings and contacts between senior officials of the two Parties and countries. 

The two sides should also encourage exchange and win-win cooperation, as well as closer coordination to solve outstanding issues, thus taking bilateral economic, trade and investment ties to a new stage of quality, effective and sustainable development, PM Phuc said.

He went on to say that the two sides should work together to effectively control disputes at sea and persistently dealing with disputes by peaceful measures in line with international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, thus maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea and in the region.

PM Phuc affirmed that Vietnam pursues a consistent external policy of peace, independence, multilateralisation and diversification, with strengthening the friendship and cooperation with China being one of the leading priorities.

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli expressed his belief that the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will be a success, contributing positively to the relations between the two Parties and countries.

He noted that the presence of the PM and many Vietnamese firms at the 13th CAEXPO demonstrates the importance that the Vietnamese Government attaches to the China-Vietnam and ASEAN-China ties, which helps ensure success of the event. 

The Vice Premier affirmed that the Chinese Party and Government attach importance to the relations with Vietnam, and hope the two sides will maintain high-level contact, enhance political trust,  promote substantive cooperation, expand people-to-people exchange while keeping good control of disputes towards the  stable, healthy and sustainable development of the comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership of the two countries.-VNA