Committee for Vietnam – China cooperation convenes 11th meeting
Updated : Monday, September 17, 2018 11:26 AM (GMT+0700)

The11th meeting of the Steering Committee for Vietnam – China BilateralCooperation convened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 16 under the chair ofDeputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and State Councillorand Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and State Councillor
and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi - Photo: VNA

The sides agreed that the twocountries’ comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership has grown positivelysince the last meeting in April 2017, with their high-ranking Party and Stateleaders exchanging frequent meetings and contacts, and cooperation betweentheir public ministries, sectors and localities as well as people-to-peopleexchange boosted across fields.

They also pointed toshortcomings in bilateral ties, including trade deficit of Vietnam with China,slow progress of Chinese-constructed projects in Vietnam, and slow disbursementof Chinese non-refundable aid for Vietnam.

The sides delved intodefining working priorities in implementation of their leaders’ commonperceptions for healthy and sustainable growth of relations.

They said they will worktogether in preparing for upcoming visits and meetings of Vietnamese andChinese leaders and promoting the role of the foreign ministries incoordinating bilateral engagements. Their joint work would also aim at theimplementation of cooperation between their Parties as well as other exchange -collaboration mechanisms in defence, security, and law enforcement.

The sides showed theirsupport toward measures to boost a sustainable, balanced and healthycooperation in economy, trade, and investment. They said they backed partnershipsbetween Vietnamese and Chinese firms in agro-forestry-fishery, particularly theproduction of rice, cassava, dairy products and fruit. 

They also agreed tofacilitate the operation of Vietnam’s trade promotion offices in China,encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Vietnam’s high-tech and sustainablesectors, and direct firms from both sides to clear hurdles to their jointprojects.

They concurred on boostingcollaboration in science-technology, environment, transport, agriculture,health, and expanding involvement in culture, education, tourism, press, andpeople-to-people exchange.

Deputy FM Minh stated win –win bilateral cooperation should be practically enhanced in line with thecommon perceptions of the two countries’ leaders. He suggested the sideseffectively implement existing cooperation mechanisms between their ministries,sectors, and localities.   

Frequent exchanges betweenthe two general secretaries of the steering committee, and the promotion ofambassadors’ connectivity role are also necessary, Minh added.

The sides frankly discussedsea-related issues, agreeing to follow their leaders’ common perceptions andthe Vietnam – China agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement ofissues at sea. 

They said they will step upnegotiation mechanisms on sea-related issues for substantial outcomes, andfully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties inthe East Sea (DOC) to ensure a favourable environment for the negotiationprocess of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). They also agreed to wellcontrol disagreements at sea without any actions that further complicate thesituation, and sustain peace and stability in the East Sea.

Concluding the meeting, thetwo chairs witnessed the signing of its minutes.   

Earlier, on September 14,Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and Chinese Vice Minister of ForeignAffairs Kong Xuanyou held a meeting between general secretaries of the SteeringCommittee for Vietnam – China Bilateral Cooperation.


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