Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) received Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of Chongqing province (China), in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of Chongqing province (China), in Hanoi on August 31.

At the reception, Minh lauded the mayor’s visit and collaboration with Vietnamese agencies in organising various trade promotion and transport connection activities.

Congratulating Chongqing on its recent socio-economic progress, Minh stated that Vietnam always attaches importance to the win-win cooperation with Chinese localities, including Chongqing.

He recommended the Chinese province step up friendship exchanges and share experience on socio-economic development with Vietnamese localities while helping Vietnam upgrade its border infrastructure and increase its import of Vietnamese products to expand bilateral trade towards balance and sustainability.

The official suggested both sides boost transport connectivity and explore suitable measures to push up rail transport of cargo from Vietnam to Eurasian countries via China.

Minh said the two sides should increase people-to-people exchange, particularly between youths, and reinforce cooperation in culture, education, and tourism as a basis for Vietnam – China friendship.

For his part, Tang Liangzhi affirmed that Chongqing attaches importance to cooperation with Vietnamese ministries, sectors and localities.

Agreeing with his host, the Chinese mayor said his province is willing to boost friendship exchange, trade-economic investment, and transport infrastructure connectivity so as to contribute to the development of Vietnam – China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. -VNA