Deputy PM meets Chinese Vice Premier, urging stronger cooperation hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Truong Hoa Binh (L) meets with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on September 11 (Photo: VNA)

Nanning (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Truong Hoa Binh had a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Nanning city, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on September 11.

Deputy PM Binh was in Nanning to visit the Guangxi region and attend the 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) at the invitation of the Chinese Government.

Talking to his host, Binh congratulated China on enormous achievements it has attained in the reform and opening-up, wishing the country a successful organisation of the 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). 

He expressed his belief that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with the CPC General Secretary and President Xi Jinping being the core, the Chinese people will continue to obtain even greater attainments in the building of a socialist country that is modern, harmonious and prosperous.

He thanked the Chinese Government for strongly supporting Vietnamese businesses and localities to attend the 14th CAEXPO and voiced his belief that the event will be successful.

Hailing recent strides in the two countries’ bilateral relations, Deputy PM Binh affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and Government attach importance to the enhancement of cooperation and friendship with China and consider this as one of the top priorities in Vietnam’s foreign policy.

He asked both sides to continue effectively implementing the important common perceptions the two countries’ leaders have reached and coordinate to well prepare for high-level visits and meetings, especially a State visit to Vietnam and attendance in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting by General Secretary and President Xi Jinping later this year.

Vietnam and China should promote substantive progress in all cooperation spheres, soon tackle difficulties and further improve the quality of cooperation in economy-trade, investment and finance. They also need to keep expanding ties in agriculture, nuclear safety, environmental protection, water resources management, climate change response and railway transport connectivity, he noted.

Binh also applauded China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, adding that Vietnam is ready to promote connecting this initiative with the “Two Corridors and One Economic Belt” framework, thus benefiting both sides.

Regarding sea-related issues, the Deputy PM requested both sides comply with the agreements and the important common perceptions reached by leaders of the two Parties and countries. Accordingly, they need to have a good control of sea-related disagreements, not complicate the situation, seriously carry out the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and promote sea-related negotiation mechanisms to soon reach substantive progress.

He highly valued ASEAN and China’s approval of a framework for a code of conduct of parties in the East Sea (COC), adding that early finalisation of the COC will help maintain peace, security and stability in the region.

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At the meeting, Vice Premier Zhang stressed the Vietnamese delegation’s participation in the 14th CAEXPO and the CABIS shows that the Vietnamese Government treasures the two countries’ relations as well as China-ASEAN cooperation, and it will greatly contribute to the expo’s success.

He affirmed that the Chinese Party and Government attach importance to bilateral ties and are together with Vietnam to maintain high-level meetings, intensify political trust, bolster substantive cooperation, increase people-to-people exchanges and strengthen the traditional friendship. 

China will also join Vietnam in controlling disagreements and stepping up the stable, healthy and sustainable development of the countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, he noted.

Also on September 11, Deputy PM Binh and the Vietnamese Government attended the opening ceremony for Vietnam’s national pavilion and pavilion of trade at the 14th CAEXPO.

More than 120 companies of Vietnam with 250 booths covering 5,000 sq.m. of ground are taking part in the expo. Main products on display include agricultural products, processed food, footwear, consumer goods, household appliances, wood products and handicrafts.-VNA