President Truong Tan Sang had a meeting with visiting Chinese Politburo Standing Committee member and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Hanoi on July 17.

The President said the visit is of great significance as the two countries mark the 65th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

He told his guest that to strengthen bilateral ties amidst current global and regional complicated situations, the two nations must first of all bolster their political trust on the basis of strict adherence to their high-ranking agreements.

Only mutual trust on the foundation of respect for each other’s legitimate interests, equality, sincerity and concrete actions could result in substantive outcomes in their collaboration, President Truong Tan Sang noted.

The Chinese guest said his visit aims at working with the Vietnamese Government to implement agreements reached by the countries’ leaders.

Accordingly, the two sides will exert efforts to intensify their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a result-oriented manner, maintain all-level contacts, and timely discuss critical issues relating to their relations and the region.

The visit also aims at actively removing obstacles and enhancing substantive cooperation in economics, trade, investment, and tourism. Particularly, the two sides will work out solutions to restore trade balance, step up investment in projects using China’s cutting-edge technologies, and closely coordinate to improve production capacity and efficiency, ultimately benefiting both sides, Zhang said.

With regard to sea-related matters, the two sides agreed to not expand disputes or escalate tensions, properly settle disagreements, and cooperate in less sensitive aspects at sea so as to ensure the stable and long-term development of the China-Vietnam relations, he added.

President Truong Tan Sang and the Chinese Vice Premier also reviewed milestones in the countries’ relations, demonstrated through visits by their senior officials in recent years.

The President hailed the content of cooperation between the two Governments, asking them to increase monitoring of and accelerate the implementation of reached agreements in all fields in line with the two peoples’ interests as well as for the sake of regional and international peace, stability, cooperation and development.

He noted that despite various measures to boost economic and tourism cooperation, some objectives have not been fulfilled such as restoring balance in bilateral trade. He asked the Chinese Government to work with Vietnam to reduce Vietnam’s growing trade deficit with China.

Regarding the Bien Dong sea situation, President Truong Tan Sang said the two sides have gone through lengthy discussions and many difficulties in order to reach agreements and common perceptions, therefore they should seriously implement those agreements. He added that in doing so, prospects will open up for the sound settlement of sea-related issues.

This matter is of utmost importance as it has impacts on the trust between the two peoples and relations between the two Parties and States, he stressed.-VNA