Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met with representatives from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the China-Vietnam Friendship Association and a number of former Chinese experts and diplomats, who worked in Vietnam, in Beijing on April 8.

The Party leader, who is on an official visit to China, noted that Vietnam and China have enjoyed a time-honoured friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Both are constructing independent, sovereign and socialist nations, he said.

He thanked Chinese friends for their meaningful assistance to Vietnam during the country’s national construction, hailing the practical activities of the CPAFFC and the China-Vietnam Friendship Association to enhance diplomatic ties.

The Party chief also expressed his hope that the associations and Chinese friends would continue exerting efforts for the development of the bilateral ties.

CPAFFC President Li Xiaolin recalled memories of her visit to Vietnam on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

She pledged that her association would continue working closely with the Vietnam Union for Friendship Organisations to further foster the China-Vietnam relations.

The CPAFFC will continue making contributions to promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries while coordinating with Vietnamese partners to organise activities to deepen the friendship and partnership, she vowed.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the China-Vietnam Friendship Association Zhang Dewei said the association and Chinese fans of Vietnam will do their best to promote solidarity and friendship between the two peoples.-VNA