The ninth session of the Vietnam-China Steering Committee on Bilateral Cooperation (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Delegates at a workshop in Hanoi on September 26 emphasised the need for Vietnam and China to enhance their cooperation in all aspects, and join hands in removing difficulties for the sake of the two countries’ people.

The workshop was jointly held by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the National Institute of Chinese Studies (VNISC) to review the Vietnam-China relations after 25 years of normalisation and seek ways to step up the bilateral ties.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, VASS President, said since the two countries normalised their relations in 1991, their affiliation in politics, economics and culture has made big strides.

Assoc. Pr. Nguyen Huy Quy from the VNISC said in the field of politics and diplomacy, Vietnam and China have upgraded their “abnormal relations” during the 1975-1990 period to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership based on the principle of the “16-word” motto (friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-lasting stability and looking forward to the future) and the “four-good” spirit (good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners).

However, the present relationship has yet to fully follow the motto and spirit, he said, calling on the two countries’ leaders, researchers and diplomats to seek ways to develop the relations in a healthy and stable manner.

China is Vietnam’s largest partner in trade, investment and tourism. Vietnam has set forth various policies, guidelines and solutions to boost friendship, solidarity and cooperation with the neighbouring country.

A Vietnam-China business forum was held in Hanoi the same day.-VNA