Vietnam considers relationship with China one of top priorities: PM
Updated : Monday, November 05, 2018 11:02 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamalways attaches importance to developing the friendly, stable, healthy andsustainable relationship with China, considering this one of the top prioritiesin the country’s foreign policy, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President
Xi Jinping - Photo: VNA

He made the statement at ameeting with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping inShanghai on November 4 as part of his trip to China to attend the firstInternational Import Expo of China (CIIE 2018) on November 4-5. 

PM Phuc called for jointefforts to maintain high-level visits and meetings, increase mutual politicaltrust, promote important cooperation mechanisms between the two Parties andcountries, further utilise potential of each side and boost cooperation inareas that make practical progress. 

The guest congratulated Chinaon achievements the country has recorded after 40 years of reform andopening-up, and expressed his wish that under the leadership of the CommunistParty of China led by Xi Jinping, the Chinese people will soon turn China intoa modern socialist country that is prosperous, democratic, civilised,harmonious and beautiful. 

He also lauded China’sinitiatives to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region andthe world, as well as its Belt and Road Initiative. 

Vietnam backs theMekong-Lancang cooperation in combination with the framework of the GreaterMekong Sub-region collaboration, for effective use and management of waterresources and sustainable development of countries, he noted.

PM Phuc expressed his beliefthat the CIIE 2018 will open up new cooperation channels for goodsdistribution, helping promote official trade activities and brand building sothat more and more Vietnamese commodities can be consumed in the Chinesemarket. 

He suggested the Chinese sidemake it easy for Vietnamese goods to enter its market, and devise practicalpolicies and measures to reduce Vietnam’s big trade deficit, towards promotingstable and sustainable growth of bilateral trade. 

Vietnam always welcomesChinese firms to invest in the country, he affirmed. 

Regarding the sea-relatedissue, the Vietnamese Government leader applauded positive results ofnegotiation and cooperation mechanisms in less sensitive areas at sea betweenthe two countries, as well as initial progresses in pragmaticnegotiation for the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between ASEANand China recently. 

He suggested the two sidesrespect legitimate interests of each other, seriously realise the commonperception of the two countries' high-ranking leaders and the agreement on thebasic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnamand China, and patiently solve disputes by peaceful measures in line withinternational law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), inorder to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and the region.

For his part, Chinese PartyGeneral Secretary and President Xi Jinping affirmed that PM Phuc’sparticipation in the expo reflects the Vietnamese Government’s respect for thebilateral relations.

He stressed that the ChineseParty and State always treasure ties with Vietnam, and agree to maintainhigh-level contacts to bolster political understanding and foster all-roundcooperation in a practical manner with the Southeast Asian country.

He added that both sides willwork together to enhance people-to-people exchanges and consolidate traditionalfriendship while maintaining peace and sustainability at sea and creatingfavourable conditions for the bilateral ties to thrive.

Regarding economic-tradecollaboration, Xi stated that China will import more goods from Vietnam tosustainably balance trade with the neighbouring country. 

In the past time, China hascarry out various measures to increase imports from Vietnam. In 2017, Vietnam’sshipments to China rose 36.8 percent and China will continue to promote thetrend in the coming time.


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