President welcomes Chinese State Councilor hinh anh 1President Tran Dai Quang (R) receives Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Party, State and people attach much importance to reinforcing and enhancing the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with China, President Tran Dai Quang has said.

This is also one of the top priorities in the external policies of Vietnam, the President told Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at a reception in Hanoi on June 27.

He said the two countries’ relations have developed positively and gained significant outcomes over the past time.

He hailed the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the steering committee for Vietnam – China cooperation and suggested the two sides implement seriously the agreements reached by their leaders while increasing political trust via high-level contacts and all-level friendly exchanges.

The State leader also urged both nations to step up communications on bilateral friendship and win-win collaboration, as well as carry out effectively economic-trade-investment deals and enact measures to develop bilateral trade links towards balance and sustainability.

He welcomed China to increase its investment in major projects that apply advanced science and technology.

Regarding maritime issues, the President recommended the two sides follow earnestly the agreements and perceptions reached by their leaders, including the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.

He called upon both nations to effectively control any disputes without any actions that complicate the issues whilst promoting negotiation mechanisms on marine matters and establishing a search and rescue mechanism in the Gulf of Tokin.

It is necessary to implement fully and effectively the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), he said, adding that settling disputes through peaceful means and in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is equally important to maintain peace, stability in the East Sea and the region.

The Chinese official reported the positive outcomes that the two countries reached at the ninth meeting of the steering committee for bilateral cooperation.

He confirmed that the Chinese Party and Government are persistent in developing friendly neighbourliness and mutually beneficial cooperation with Vietnam.

China is also willing to partner with Vietnam to implement effectively significant common perceptions between their leaders, he said.

He recommended the two sides maintain high-level exchanges, enhance pragmatic coordination across fields, and promote collaboration between ministries, sectors and localities, in addition to addressing maritime disputes satisfactorily, to boost bilateral relations in a stable, healthy and sustainable manner.-VNA