General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping (R) welcomes Politburo member Tran Quoc Vuong, permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (Source: VNA)

Beijing (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping has affirmed that the Chinese Party, Government, and people attach great importance to and are willing to work, together with their Vietnamese counterparts, to continuously consolidate and develop relations between the two Parties and countries.

Xi made the remarks during a reception for Tran Quoc Vuong, Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, in Beijing, China, on August 20.

The Chinese leader said he hopes that the two sides will continue to increase the exchange of high-level delegations, intensify mutual political trust, enhance strategic connectivity and promote humanitarian exchanges, thus developing the relationship between the two Parties and nations stably and healthily in the coming time.

The continuous nurture and consolidation of the neighbourliness and friendship between the two Parties and countries is of strategic significance to each side, Xi said.

He noted with pleasure the great achievements the Vietnamese Party, State, and people have recorded during the reform process, voicing his belief that the Vietnamese people, under the leadership of the CPV, would successfully complete the targets and tasks set in the 12th National Party Congress’s Resolution.

For his part, Vuong congratulated the Chinese Party, State, and people on the successful organisation of the 19th National Party Congress and the first sessions of the 13th National People’s Congress and the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

The official expressed his belief that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core, the Chinese people would firmly reap greater achievements in the cause of socialist building and reform.

He held that the active progress has been made in relations between the two Parties and nations across many fields, noting the first-ever exchange of visits by their top leaders in the same year in 2017.

Vietnam highly evaluated Xi’s selection of Vietnam as the first country he paid a State visit to, as well as his attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam’s central Da Nang city right after the 19th National Party Congress, Vuong said.

He called on the two sides to effectively realise the perceptions reached by senior leaders of the two Parties and countries, while continuing to strengthen political trust, improving the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms, properly handling maritime issues, maintaining the development trend of bilateral ties, and ensuring peace and stability in the region.

Also on August 20, Vuong held talks with Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee.

They briefed each other on the situation of their respective Parties and countries, and reviewed some of the past achievements and shortcomings in Vietnam-China relations.

The two officials also discussed measures to fully and seriously implement agreements and common perceptions reached by senior leaders of the two Parties and nations, and to satisfactorily settle sea-related issues, thus improving the efficiency of practical and mutually-beneficial cooperation in different fields.

During his five-day visit, starting on August 19, Vuong had working sessions with several agencies under the CPC Central Committee on issues of mutual concern, and visited the Vietnamese Embassy in China.–VNA