Party leader calls at China’s Zhejiang province hinh anh 1General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong enjoys Long Jing tea at the Ha Fang ancient town in Hangzhou city. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has urged leaders of Zhejiang province to boost exchanges and cooperation with Vietnamese localities, making practical contributions to the development of the Vietnam-China friendly and cooperative relations.

The Vietnamese Party leader made the recommendation while receiving Xia Baolong, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee of Zhejiang province, which is a stopover of his official visit to China from January 12-15.

Party General Secretary Trong said he was delighted to visit Zhejiang province where boasts beautiful landscapes and cultural traditions and President Ho Chi Minh visited many times.

He congratulated leaders and people of Zhejiang on outstanding achievements in reform process, especially in pursuing a harmony of social and economic development, developing State-owned enterprises, protecting the environment, preserving and promoting cultural traditions, improving living conditions for local people and accelerating international integration.

For his part, Xia briefed the Vietnamese delegation about the province’s socio-economic development achievements and major orientations for the coming time as well as its cooperative ties with Vietnamese ministries, sectors and localities.

He stressed that economic, trade, tourism and educational cooperation between Zhejiang and Vietnamese localities are developing fruitfully, adding the provincial authorities are willing to facilitate these cooperative relations.

While in Hangzhou city, Party General Secretary Trong and the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation visited the ancient town of He Fang, one of the city’s oldest and best preserved with unique characteristics at the end of Qing Dynasty.

General Secretary Trong and the delegation enjoyed the famous Long Jing tea before taking a boat trip on the West Lake, one of five most beautiful lakes in China and was recognised as world cultural heritage in 2011 by UNESCO.-VNA