President Quang holds talks with top Chinese leader

VOV.VN - President Tran Dai Quang urged for the constant enhancement of mutual political trust between Vietnam and China during his talks with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping in Hanoi on November 13.

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President Quang described the top Chinese leader's choosing of Vietnam as the first country to visit after the CPC’s 19th National Congress as a demonstration of the CPC, Xi’s respect for Vietnam-China relations and support for the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

He thanked China for providing non-refundable aid packages and urgent relief for victims in natural disaster-hit localities.

Vietnam and China are neighbouring countries that share many similarities in development directions, political regime, and cultural and social features. The development, stability and achievements of each country are of great significance for both sides.

The promotion of stable and vigorous growth of bilateral friendship and comprehensive cooperation is in line with basic and long-term interests of the two countries and peoples, and benefits peace, stability and development in the region and the world, Quang told his guest.

The development of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China is an unwavering and long-term policy, a strategic selection and a top priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy, he stressed.

He asked for unceasing consolidation of political trust between the two Parties and countries by maintaining high-level visits and meetings and effectively carrying out the reached agreements and common perceptions.

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They should also take concrete actions to deepen mutual trust, understanding and connectivity between the two peoples, such as people’s forums, youth’s festivals, while ordering press agencies to further communications on the two countries’ friendship, he added.

At the meeting, the Vietnamese State leader underlined the need to boost  bilateral cooperation, particularly in important aspects  such as diplomacy, defence, security and law enforcement. They should better bring into play the bilateral cooperation steering committee’s role in strengthening ties and settling emerging issues in bilateral relations.

Vietnam and China should improve the effectiveness of cooperation in economy, trade, investment, agriculture, environment, and science-technology, while stepping up the implementation of China’s major projects using advanced and environmentally friendly technology in Vietnam. They also need to deal with some problems in their cooperation in order to create economic trust and consolidate the material foundation for stronger bilateral ties.

In terms of the East Sea issue, the President urged both sides to comply with agreements and common perceptions set by the two countries’ leaders, including the Vietnam-China Agreement on Basic Principles guiding the Settlement of Sea-related Issues, and actively push up practical progress of negotiations on issues at sea. 

While disputes are yet to be settled, the two countries should exercise self-restraint and refrain from actions that further complicate the situation, he said, adding that Vietnam welcomes positive progresses of ASEAN-China negotiations and adoption of the framework Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). 

China and ASEAN should continue to fully and seriously implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and conduct practical negotiations to build an effective and efficient COC, Quang said.

The Chinese Party chief, for his part, congratulated Vietnam on successfully hosting the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting. 

He expressed his wish to continue working closely with Vietnam to intensify high-level meetings to share experience in Party building and national development, uphold the coordinating role of the Steering Committee on Vietnam-China Bilateral Cooperation, connect the “Belt and Road” initiative with the “Two Corridors, One Economic Belt” framework, build cross-border economic areas and launch key projects. 

China will take measures to facilitate Vietnamese farm produce’s access to China towards balanced and sustainable trade development, he said, adding that his nation will also reinforce social organisations via increased friendship exchange between the two peoples as well as augmenting press cooperation and implementing projects using China’s non-refundable aid. 

At the same time, China will well manage disputes, maintain peace and stability at sea while increasing exchanges and sharing experiences to deal with challenges and combating crimes, he said.

Following the talks, the Vietnamese President hosted a banquet in honour of the top Chinese leader and his delegation.

On November 13 afternoon, Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping departed Hanoi, ending his two-day State visit to Vietnam.