Friendship association works to foster Vietnam-China ties hinh anh 1An overview of the event (Photo: VNA)

Lao Cai (VNA) – Representatives from the Vietnam-China Friendship Association chapters in 11 northern midland, mountainous and border cities and provinces gathered in Lao Cai province on October 19 to discuss activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic relations in 2020.

Participants noted that over the years, the association has implemented many activities on major occasions of both countries, while exchanging delegations and coordinating to hold many bilateral forums and conferences. The association also organizes exchanges between Vietnamese and Chinese youth and children, and raises funds for charity activities.

The association has worked with other diplomatic channels to defend the national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as lobby the Chinese political circle in settling existing problems in the relationship between the two countries.

Vice President of the association Nguyen Van Tho, who is also former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to China, said that the associations has closely followed the policies of the Party during its operations and promoted solidarity in completing its tasks.

He said that in the future, the association chapters in localities must call for the involvement of people from all walks of life in people-to-people exchange activities with China, while encouraging and supporting organizations, agencies and businesses of Vietnam and China to cooperate in economy, culture and science-technology and engage in charity activities.

In 2020 when Vietnam and China celebrates the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, the association should strengthen communication campaigns on the Vietnam-China traditional friendship and organize exchange activities with Chinese students and enterprises in the localities, especially in border areas.

Earlier on October 18, the delegates visited the Vietnam-China friendship culture house in Na Loc 3 village, Ban Lau commune, Muong Khuong district of Lao Cai./.