Chinese Ambassador highlights consistent direction for China-Vietnam ties hinh anh 1Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo (Photo: Chinese Embassy in Vietnam)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo has highlighted the leadership role of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the cause of national liberation and development, as well as the cooperative ties with the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) during an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the CPC.

Xiong stressed that over the past 100 years, the CPC has stayed united to lead the Chinese people to establish the People's Republic of China and the basic socialist regime in China. It has carried out reform, opened up the road to socialism with Chinese characteristics, brought the socialism with Chinese characteristics into a new era, so that the Chinese people have made a great leap forward, from getting rich to getting stronger.

During the period, the CPC has been steadfast in its goals, constantly explored a path for socialist modernisation suitable to China's situation, and set forth one goal after another, from the "Four Modernisations" and "Three-Step Development Strategy” to “Two Centenaries” (100th anniversary of the CPC and the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China), with a vision of basically completing the modernisation of socialism by 2035, building a modern socialist power that is rich, strong, democratic, civilized, harmonious and beautiful in the middle of 21st century. The CPC has continuously enriched and perfected the path, theory and regime of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and continuously stepping up the modernisation of the governance system and the country's governance capacity.

Within a few decades, China passed through the industrialisation journey that lasted hundreds of years in developed nations, opening up the path of Chinese-style modernisation with a harmonious combination of material and spiritual civilization, and the harmonious coexistence between humans and nature. The country has followed the path of peaceful development, bringing a completely new choice for many developing countries towards modernisation.

The ambassador added that the CPC has steadfastly followed the principle of putting the people above all, implemented the most extensive people's democracy in a country with a history of thousands of years of feudalism. With reform and opening up, China accounted for more than 70 percent of the number of people escaping poverty in the world in the same period, fulfilled the United Nations’ poverty reduction goals 10 years earlier than schedule. Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPC has been consistent with its principle of placing people's lives and health above all and reaped important results in the fight. China has so far given 1.2 billion shots of COVID-19 vaccine, which is the most vivid demonstration of the CPC’s stance on ruling for the sake of the people that has won over approval and support of the Chinese people.

Chinese Ambassador highlights consistent direction for China-Vietnam ties hinh anh 2Vietnamese Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during Trong's visit to China in January, 2017.(Photo: VNA)

Asked about relationship between the CPC and the CPV over the past years, especially amid the COVID-19, Ambassador Xiong said the history of friendly exchanges between the two parties has lasted for nearly 100 years. The two sides have always offered mutual support in the fight against invading colonialism and imperialism as well as in seeking the way to build socialism, sharing a destiny of strategic significance.

"Entering a new era, under strategic planning and direct guidance of Party General Secretaries Xi Jinping and Nguyen Phu Trong, ties between the two parties and nations have been developing in the right direction," he said, noting that following the 13th National Congress of the CPV, Party chief Xi held phone talks with his counterpart Trong and State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, thus maintaining close strategic exchange at the high level to protect the prosperous development of the socialism cause, maintain peace and stability in the region and the world, and uphold the role of orientating the development of China – Vietnam ties at present and in the future.

Xiong went on to recall that during a phone talk between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and an online talk between Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Li Zhanshu and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, the two sides reached important common perception on persistently following the political direction of the two parties’ leaders, strengthening political trust, accelerating strategic development linkage, expanding result-oriented cooperation in various areas, and enhancing collaboration in regional and international issues.

Chinese Ambassador highlights consistent direction for China-Vietnam ties hinh anh 3A meeting of the CPC (Photo: Xinhua)

The ambassador highlighted that under the strategic direction of leaders of the two Parties, bilateral ties have grown steadily, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the drastic leadership of each Party, they upheld the motto of placing the people at the centre, thus reaping great strategic achievements in pandemic prevention and socio-economic development, reflecting the outstanding superiority of the socialist regime. In accordance with the common perception of the two Parties and countries’ leaders, a batch of COVID-19 vaccines, donated by the Chinese Government, has arrived in Hanoi. China is willing to continue well implementing the common perception between the two countries' leaders, strengthening ties with Vietnam in pandemic prevention, vaccine research and development and production, thus giving practical and effective assistance to Vietnam to achieve the dual goal of fighting the pandemic and restoring socio-economic development. 

He said that both China and Vietnam have started a new journey to build socialism. Amid unpredictable developments in the world and the pandemic, the two Parties, more than ever,  need to inherit the brainpower and strength from the nearly 100-year history of their friendly exchanges, consistently follow the strategic directions of the two Parties’ leaders to deepen ties in various areas in the post-pandemic period, and carry the cause of socialism forward./.