Ho Chi Minh City authorities and the city’s Union of Friendship Organisations jointly organised a ceremony on January 17 to mark the 65 th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic relations.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tat Thanh Cang highlighted the growing traditional friendship between the two countries, which were founded and nurtured by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong.

With the efforts and resolve of the two Parties, States, and peoples, the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership has been further developed throughout numerous ups and downs, he said.

The Vice Chairman noted that the two nations’ leaders have always vowed to do their utmost to deepen the friendship, describing it as a valuable asset of the two peoples.

He said he believes disputes and tensions in the world will be solved via peaceful means on the basis of mutual trust, respect and international law.

The official also underlined the friendly ties that Ho Chi Minh City has established with many Chinese localities such as Guangdong, Shanghai and Guangzhou in various fields, adding that two-way trade between the city and Chinese partners topped 7.3 billion USD in 2014.

Chinese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Chai Wenrui said Vietnam and China have forged close links in politics by sharing experience in Party building work and State management as well as in other fields, reaping many positive outcomes in economics, military, science technology, education, culture, and health.

Regular high-level delegation exchanges have helped the two countries to enhance their mutual trust and understanding, and reach common perceptions to push the Vietnam-China relationship forward and create new momentum for across-the-board cooperation.

Earlier on January 16, the Chinese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City held a reception to celebrate the anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic ties.-VNA