The Vietnam - China Friendship Association in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang is set up at its first congress in January 26. (Photo: baosoctrang.org.vn)

Soc Trang (VNA) – The Vietnam - China Friendship Association in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang was set up at its first congress held in January 26.

To Ai Vang, vice head of the province’s delegation of National Assembly deputies, was elected as President of the association for the 2018-2023 tenure.

The association has set the task to deepen the cordial relationship between Soc Trang and Chinese localities, contributing to the Vietnam-China friendship.

Soc Trang province is home to more than 65,000 people of Hoa ethnic group, accounting for 5.2 percent of the province’s population.

The same day, a ceremony marking the 68th year of Vietnam-China diplomatic ties (January 18, 1950 - 2018) was organised in Ho Chi Minh City by the HCM City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the Vietnam-China Friendship Association in the city.

Speaking at the event, President of the Vietnam-China Friendship Association in HCM City Duong Quan Ha stressed that the traditional friendship between the two countries has been consolidated by their leaders and people over the years.

The Consul General of China in HCM City Chen Dehai lauded the local friendship organisations’ contributions to people-to-people exchanges of the two countries. Vietnam and China are important trade partners of each other and cooperation in other fields has also seen strong growth, the diplomat said.-VNA