Vietnam, China to enhance substantive cooperation, say top leaders

VOV.VN - Vietnam and Chins should increase substantive cooperation in all areas and work closely to properly handle sea-related issues, the two countries’ top leaders agreed during their phone talks on September 24.

Talking to General Secretary and President Xi Jinping of China over the phone, Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong congratulated China on its 72nd National Day, and expressed his belief that the Chinese people, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and President Xi, will successfully realize the goal of building China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.

Trong noted that despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the relations between the two communist parties and two countries have prospered significantly.

He thanked China for sharing its experiences and providing Vietnam with COVID-19 vaccines, and expected that the two sides would continue to prioritise cooperation in COVID-19 prevention and post pandemic recovery.

Vietnam attaches great importance to the friendly neighborliness and comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership with China, said Trong, emphasizing the need to promote political relations, including strengthening visit exchanges at all levels.

According to the Vietnamese Party leader, the two sides should increase substantive cooperation in various fields to become the driving force for their future development.

To this end, he suggested that the two sides continue to strictly implement the reached agreements and realize the free trade and border economy agreements. He asked China to further create favourable conditions for bilateral trade to develop in a more balanced manner, speed up formal import licensing procedures for some of Vietnam’s key agricultural products, and increase investment in large projects of Chinese strength.

At the same time, he said the two sides should coordinate closely to solve a number of difficulties and problems, while promoting people-to-people exchanges at all levels and in different forms.

Trong also suggested that the two sides continue to closely coordinate in border management and protection, and strictly implement legal documents on the land border, in order to build a common borderline of peace, stability, cooperation and development.

He stressed that both countries should continue to improve the effectiveness of maritime cooperation, promote negotiations on delimitation, and properly handle issues at sea. They should coordinate effectively with ASEAN in negotiating and building a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

For his part, Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping congratulated Vietnam on its 76th National Day (September 2).

He thanked Vietnam for coordinating with China in organizing many events to commemorate the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China. He also thanked Trong for sending a congratulatory message, as well as attending and delivering a speech at a summit between the Communist Party of China and political parties in the world.

Xi spoke highly of the achievements that the Vietnamese people have recorded in recent years, and expressed his belief that the Party, Government and people of Vietnam will successfully implement the goals and tasks set out by the recent 13th National Party Congress.

He voiced his support for the Party and people of Vietnam to follow the socialist path suitable to the country’s conditions, defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and promote socio-economic development.

The Chinese leader affirmed that China attaches great importance to the traditional friendly and neighborly relationship with Vietnam, and it is willing to work closely with the Party, Government and people of Vietnam to continue strengthening their comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership in the course of building socialism in both countries.

He held that the two sides should enhance visit exchanges at all levels, deepen substantive cooperation in various fields, coordinate closely at multilateral forums, and properly handle maritime issues.