A truck crosses a Vietnamese border gate to China (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung proposed that China’s Chongqing city will expand partnership with localities of Vietnam while hosting Vice Mayor of the city Liu Guiping in Hanoi on March 29.

Chongqing is a centrally-run city and an economic hub of China’s western region as it is strong in infrastructure, high technology and information technology.

In 2017, economic, trade, investment and tourism between Vietnam and the city reached about 2 billion USD, accounting for about 2 percent of total trade between Vietnam and China. Of the figure, Vietnam’s exports in the city were nearly 1 billion USD.

Lauding socio-economic achievements of China and Chongqing in 2017 and in first months of 2018, Deputy PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to strengthening cooperation among localities of the two countries.

He suggested in the coming time, Chongqing city and Vietnamese localities strengthen connectivity and exchanges to share experience in socio-economic development.

They should promote economic, trade and investment cooperation, he stated, expressing his hope that more Vietnamese goods, especially agro-forestry-fishery products, will be exported to China, thus contributing to boost the Vietnam-China trade ties in a balanced and sustainable manner.

He also proposed that localities of both sides hold diverse people-to-people exchange activities, especially among young generations, while increasing cultural and tourism promotion.

For his part, Liu declared that Chongqing city pays attention to friendship and cooperation with Vietnamese ministries, sectors and localities.

The city is willing to coordinate with localities of Vietnam in implementing shared perspectives reached by senior leaders of both sides, while strengthening friendship exchanges, thus deepening cooperation and contributing to reinforcing the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.-VNA