|Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (front, third, left) and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (front, second, left) at the inauguration of the Vietnam-China Friendship Palace on November 12, 2017
This palace is a special project, holding political and diplomatic significance as a gift from the Chinese Party, State, Government, and people for Vietnam.
Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong said that the Vietnam-China Friendship Palace is a particularly important cooperation project, with its construction carried out by China and accompanying facilities contributed by Vietnam.
He noted that its building began in March 2015 and finished in November 2017. On November 12, 2017, the palace was inaugurated in the presence of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping.
It is a venue for political, diplomatic, and cultural events and also a destination for those who want to explore the land, people, and culture of the two countries, Phong added.
A representative of the Chinese contractor – Yunnan Construction Engineering Group Co. Ltd – said that after a year of trial operations, the palace has met all its requirements. He expressed his hope that it will become an everlasting symbol of the bilateral friendship.
On this occasion, three building companies of China were presented with certificates of merit by the VUFO presidium, while eight construction experts received the “For peace and friendship between nations” insignia in recognition of their efforts during the construction of the palace.