This is part of activities to mark the 60th anniversary of VNA and 15th anniversary of its representative office in China.
Addressing the seminar, ambassador to China Dang Minh Khoi emphasized that China has constantly been Vietnam’s largest trade partner for 12 years while Vietnam is its second largest trade partner in ASEAN.
According to latest statistics, trade value between the two countries last year grew by 13.7% to US$66.67 billion. China is now ranking 9th among foreign investors in Vietnam with a total investment of US$8.4 billion.
The number of Chinese visitors to Vietnam has constantly increased and hit 1.8 million while more than 1.5 million Vietnamese people toured China last year.
Ambassador Khoi spoke highly of the event and said it was an opportunity for the Chinese people to gain a better understanding of Vietnam’s land and people and provided a good chance for both sides to boost tourism cooperation.
Meanwhile, Kieu Anh, chief VNA representative in China told the seminar that VNA conducts 42 weekly flights from China to Hanoi, HCM City, Da Nang and Nha Trang cities in Vietnam. China is considered one of VNA’s most effective air routes.
Kieu Anh reported that China is a VNA key overseas market besides Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK). Last year, VNA gained a profit of VND640 billion from the market. In the first two months of this year, the number of Chinese passengers using VNA services rose 40% over the same period last year and 20% of the set plan.
VNA introduced its high-quality services to the seminar with the aim of attracting more Chinese tourists to Vietnam, Kieu Anh said.