Vietnam, China look towards stronger locality-to-locality links hinh anh 1Zhang Dejiang (R) and Nguyen Xuan Anh at the meeting (Photo:

Da Nang (VNA) – The central city of Da Nang is the next destination on the ongoing tour of Vietnam by Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress.

Zhang, also a member of China’s Politburo Standing Committee, met with Secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee Nguyen Xuan Anh and Secretary of the Party Committee of nearby Quang Nam province Nguyen Ngoc Quang on November 10.

Introducing his city, Anh said trade between Da Nang and China is rising, noting that the city posted 23 million USD and 200 million USD in exports to and imports from China, respectively.

There were 10 Chinese FDI projects, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwanese investments, worth over 3.88 million USD in Da Nang by July 31, 2016.

Ten direct routes with 54 flights per week connect Chinese localities with the Vietnamese city, and China sends the most foreign tourists to Da Nang.

Anh expressed his hope for enhanced cooperation with Chinese localities in tourism, tree planting, high technology, and smart city building.

At the meeting, Quang also presented the advantages of Quang Nam such as beautiful beaches, two world cultural heritage sites, one world biosphere reserve, and unique traditional craft villages.

The province has enjoyed rapid growth since it was separated from Da Nang two decades ago. Its budget revenue has shot up by over 100 times since then, partly thanks to the establishment of the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone, where the Chu Lai-Truong Hai auto production and assembly complex – the biggest of its kind in Vietnam – is based.

Five Chinese businesses operate in Quang Nam with a total capital of nearly 68 million USD, Quang noted.

Chairman Zhang congratulated Da Nang and Quang Nam on their accomplishments, voicing his hope that they will continue developing and increasing partnerships with Chinese localities.

On November 11, the Chinese delegation is scheduled to discuss administrative reforms with officials of the Da Nang People’s Committee, visit the city’s administrative centre and Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam.-VNA