Vietnam consistently attaches importance to strengthening and developing the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with China , said the Party chief.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made the statement while receiving the newly accredited Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam , Kong Xuanyou, in Hanoi on Sept. 30.

Trong said that the lifting of bilateral relations to the level of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership crated a firm foundation and momentum for development of the Vietnam-China relationship in the future.

Regarding the existing issues in Vietnam-China relations, the Party leader said the two sides should continue peaceful negotiations to settle the issues satisfactorily, based on the spirit of comradeship, mutual respect and respect for international law.

He also expressed his hope that Kong will make positive contributions to developing Vietnam-China cooperative relations during his term of office in Vietnam .

Kong promised to do his utmost to promote cooperative ties between the two countries in all fields, thus contributing to strengthening the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and China in the time to come./.