PM wants stronger agricultural partnership with China hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu in Hanoi on October 14 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception for Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu in Hanoi on October 14, during which the PM said that the countries should promote agricultural cooperation, contributing to balancing bilateral trade.

Lauding the Chinese delegation’s visit, the PM spoke highly of the partnership between the two agriculture ministries over the past 70 years and the practical outcomes in their cooperation with the recent signing of a number of agreements on trade on farm produce.

He noted that trade ties between Vietnam and China have expanded strongly over the years, and Vietnam is the biggest trade partner of China among ASEAN members.

For his part, Han thanked the Vietnamese PM for supporting the affiliation in agriculture between the two countries.

He told his host that during his talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the two sides discussed various issues related to cooperation in agriculture and rural development, as well as application of science and technology in agriculture, agricultural product processing, and collaboration mechanisms between the two sides.

PM Phuc proposed that the two ministries should strengthen partnership in science and technology, asking the Chinese side to support Vietnam in training agricultural experts.

They should continue working closely to popularise to fishermen of the two countries the memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in releasing and protecting aquatic resources, signed between the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in January, 2017.

He suggested that the two sides strengthen cooperation in dealing with issues related to fishing boats and fishermen, while pushing ahead with the negotiation and signing of a bilateral agreement on the setting up of a hotline for unexpected incidents in fishing activities at sea./.