Vietnam, China ink 15 cooperation agreements on diverse areas

Thursday, 2017-01-12 22:43:09
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The signing ceremony of cooperation agreements between the two countries (Credit: VNA)
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NDO/VNA—Vietnam and China signed fifteen cooperation agreements on January 12 in various fields ranging from the economy, transportation and defence to health care, tourism and training, on the occasion of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s ongoing visit to China.

They include an agreement on training senior officials between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the CPV Central Committee’s Economic Commission and the Development Research Centre of the China’s State Council.

The two sides inked a document on technical assistance in planning for the Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong railway, a joint vision statement on defence cooperation between the two defence ministries to 2025, and a framework agreement on land border gate cooperation between Vietnam’s Defence Ministry and the China General Administration of Customs.

Vietnam and China also agreed on documents on cooperation on technical trade barriers and releasing aquatic varieties in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Along with a tourism cooperation plan for the 2017-2019 period, the two countries signed documents for cooperation between Vietnam’s National Politics–Truth Publishing House and the People’s Publishing House of China for 2017-2021, between the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and between Vietnam Red Cross Association and China Red Cross.

The two countries also reached MoUs on television and radio programmes.

The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and the China Development Bank also signed an MoU on project sponsoring and middle- and long-term loans for the 2017-2019 period.

Earlier the same day, a 21-gun salute was accorded to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Beijing. The ceremony, the highest ritual for a head of state, was chaired by Chinese General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping.