Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes Liu Yunshan, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on September 19 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hailed the progress in Vietnam-China cooperation while receiving Liu Yunshan, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on September 19. 

Talking to Liu, who is also a member of China’s Politburo Standing Committee, PM Phuc reiterated that the Vietnamese Party, State and people always attach importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China.

He applauded recent substantive cooperation, especially in investment, trade and tourism, along with China’s expansion of import of Vietnam’s goods and agricultural products.

He asked both sides to promote cooperation mechanisms’ effectiveness, improve substantive cooperation in all fields, work harder to tackle existing problems in bilateral ties, while accelerating and bettering the quality of joint projects. They also need to make concerted efforts to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, comply with the common perceptions shared between leaders of the two Parties and countries, avoid any actions that may escalate tensions, and join ASEAN countries to substantively negotiate a code of conduct of parties in the East Sea (COC).

[Vietnam always treasures ties with China: Party chief]

Secretary Liu also stressed that the Chinese Party and State treasure relations with the Vietnamese counterparts and want to join Vietnam in lifting the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a new height.

Bilateral cooperation, particularly in economy and trade, is flourishing, he said, noting that China supports the healthy and balanced development of economic and trade ties. It also hopes for the continued enhancement of connecting the two countries’ development strategies.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan receives Liu Yunshan, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on September 19 (Photo: VNA)

At another meeting in Hanoi, NA Chairwoman Ngan congratulated China’s recent major achievements, valuing the encouraging outcomes in bilateral ties in various fields, including the relationship between the NA of Vietnam and the National People’s Congress of China.

She also asked both sides to fully and seriously implement and agreements and common perceptions reached by leaders of the two Parties and countries. They should also further consolidate the social foundation and friendship between the two peoples, thus developing Vietnam-China relations in a healthy, stable and long-term manner.

Meanwhile, the Chinese official expressed his hope for stronger political trust, sharing of strategies, cooperation and friendship exchanges, thereby fostering connections between the Parties and the countries. He also voiced his support for more exchanges between the two parliaments and peoples.-VNA