Vietnam – China friendship gala night runs in HCM City hinh anh 1Scene at the Vietnam – China friendship gala night (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and Chinese Consulate General in the city held a Vietnam – China friendship gala night in the southern economic hub on December 19.

The event, featuring performances by local students and musicians from the Bong Sen theatre, gathered representatives from friendship organisations in the south, as well as Chinese businesses and expatriates in HCM City.

In his opening speech, HUFO Chairman Huynh Minh Thien said the traditional friendship shared by the two countries has been cultivated by both parties and governments.

In 2018, numerous exchanges and meetings between Vietnamese and Chinese high-ranking leaders were held, aiming to grow bilateral trade, improve people-to-people exchange and boost tourism and education cooperation, he added.

According to Thien, the collaboration among HUFO, the HCM City’s Vietnam – China Friendship Association (HVCFA), the Chinese Consulate General, and Chinese business community has generated positive outcomes across various fields, including cultural and delegation exchanges and charity.

Speaking at the event, Chinese Consul General to HCM City Wu Jun highlighted the time-honoured amity between the two neighbours.

He thanked the HUFO and HVCFA for helping the consulate general carry a significant number of effective friendship activities. He said the consulate general is committed to joining the HUFO in propelling bilateral ties forward.-VNA