Ho Chi Minh City will exert every effort to foster its cooperation with Chinese localities, said Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan at his meeting with visiting Chinese Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun on April 17.

Quan said the Vietnamese-Chinese relations have been developing vigorously since their diplomatic ties were established 65 years ago.

HCM City specifically also has cooperative relations with a number of Chinese localities, he noted.

Minister Guo Shengkun said he was impressed with the city’s rapid economic growth and integration into the region and the world, as well as its residents’ improved living standards.

He said he believes HCM City will reap further achievements under the leadership of the Vietnamese Party and State and municipal officials.

China and Vietnam consider each other good friends, comrades and neighbours, the official noted, adding that the outcomes of the working session between the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence and Ministry of Public Security with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security will help strengthen bilateral cooperation.

HCM City has cooperated with many major Chinese cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guangxi and Guangdong.

In 2014, the municipality’s trade with Chinese localities approximated 3.3 billion USD and Chinese businesses had 133 projects worth more than 300 million USD in the city.

The Vietnamese southern hub welcomed nearly 300,000 Chinese tourists last year.-VNA