Measures speeding up the implementation of the reached agreements, especially the action plan to realise Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership dominated talks between Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi i n Hanoi on August 4.

The talks formed part of the Chinese FM’s visit to Vietnam from August 3-6 as guest of Foreign Minister Minh. Earlier Wang Yi visited Laos.

They spoke highly of new progress in bilateral relations especially after the phone talks between Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese Party General Secretary and State President Xi Jingping, and President Truong Tan Sang’s recent State visit to China.

They shared the view that regular meetings and visits by Party and State leaders will create an important impulse to the two countries’ exchanges and cooperation in all fields, helping promptly deal with problems arising in their relations.

The two FMs agreed that strengthening political trust and comprehensive cooperation is for the basic and long-term interests of Vietnamese and Chinese people.

Towards that, exchanges and meetings of high-ranking officials will be increased, as will that between branches, agencies, localities and people of all walks of life.

Economic and trade cooperation as well as partnerships in building infrastructure and transport systems linking both countries will be accelerated.

Regarding border and territorial issues, the two FMs gave high estimation to the two countries’ cooperation in seriously implementing the three land border-related documents.

Together they declared that their ministries will actively encourage relevant agencies to talk for an agreement on tourism development at the Ban Gioc waterfall and an agreement on regulations on free travel of ships at the mouth of the Bac Luan river to be signed soon.

Mentioning the East Sea issue, the FMs affirmed the settlement of all disputes through peaceful and friendly negotiations and the handling of emerging problems with a constructive attitude, not letting these matters affect the two countries’ friendship and cooperation as well as peace and stability in the East Sea.

FM Minh laid special emphasis on the need for both sides to persist in addressing sea-related disputes on the basis of the Vietnam-China agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues, international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DoC), looking towards the building of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (CoC).

Host and guest said that the two foreign ministries’ cooperation has been increasingly efficient and agreed to further boost it in the coming time.

During the talks, both FMs also touched upon regional and international issues of mutual interest.-VNA