Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan hosted a reception on April 21 for Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu, who is on a working visit to Vietnam.

The municipal leader described the visit as a contribution to the strengthening of the Vietnam-China friendship and multi-faceted cooperation.

He highlighted the cooperative ties between Ho Chi Minh City and Chinese partners from Shanghai, Guangdong, and Guangzhou provinces, and noted that China is running nearly 130 investment projects worth 300 million USD in the city.

He also thanked the Chinese Ministry of Culture and art training institutes and colleges for educating the city’s students in the field.

Hailing the coordination between China and Vietnam and the city in particular, Minister Cai Wu said he was impressed by the robust growth of Vietnam’s southern economic hub.

He praised the country for successfully organising the sixth meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and the Arts (AMCA) and related meetings with dialogue partners recently in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, which manifests Vietnam’s special attention to developing its own culture.

The strengthening of cultural exchanges is increasingly important to help the youth understand more about the diverse culture of each country and their bilateral long-standing cooperation, he added.-VNA