Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Chinese guest (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Government always treasures and encourages ministries and provinces to step up cooperation with China’s localities, highlighted Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a reception for Secretary of the Guizhou Provincial Party Committee Chen Min’er on April 27.

Vietnam persistently pursues a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, multilateralisation and diversification of relations, while attaching much importance to consolidating and enhancing friendship and relations, as well as comprehensive collaboration with China, the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Phuc said the cooperation between Guizhou province and Vietnamese localities across fields of economics, trade and investment, has not been on par with two sides’ potentials, hence it should be strengthened in the time ahead.

He asked Guizhou province to boost imports from Vietnam, especially agro-forestry-fishery products, encourage its enterprises to invest in Vietnam, as well as facilitate business activities of Vietnamese companies in the province.

For his part, Chen Min’er underscored that the result-oriented relations between Vietnam and China will give momentum to strengthen Vietnam-Guizhou collaboration.

He said education cooperation with Vietnam as Guizhou’s top priority, adding that the province will continue to offer scholarships and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese students to study in the province.

Four universities in Guizhou province have set up relations with Vietnamese universities, helping promote two sides’ collaboration in the field, he added.

Expressing his delights over the rapid trade growth between Vietnam and Guizhou, Chen Min’er said that the province will speed up the construction of a highway connecting Kunming and Nanning provinces in the coming time to enhance comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the Chinese province.-VNA