Chinese Premier wants to develop relations with Vietnam

Friday, 2017-01-13 12:36:48
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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets with China’s Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA—The Chinese government will closely work with its Vietnamese counterpart to fully implement the common perceptions and agreements reached by the two countries to bring practical benefits to the two peoples for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

China’s Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang made this statement at a meeting with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Beijing on January 13.

He congratulated the Vietnamese Party, State and people on their significant achievements in the cause of national construction and development.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to developing relations with Vietnam on the principles of mutual respect, equality and win-win cooperation, he said.

The Premier expressed his belief that the ongoing visit to China by Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong will contribute to promoting the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries in all fields.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong congratulated the Chinese Party, government and people on the strong strides in China’s development and wished China success in implementing its 13th Five-Year Plan and realising its goal of building a prosperous and inclusive society and developing China into a strong, well-off, democratic, civilised and harmonious socialist country.

The Vietnamese Party chief and the Chinese Premier expressed their joy at the healthy and stable development of the two countries’ relations at present, including positive progress in bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, investment, tourism and other fields.

They stressed the need to enhance win-win collaboration for common development and to reinforce mutual trust and friendship between the two peoples.

Both sides agreed to increase development strategy connectivity and actively study and promote cooperation projects within the framework of the “Two Corridors, One Economic Belt” and “One Belt, One Road” initiatives, as well as implement effectively a memorandum of understanding on a list of projects on enhancing production capacity between Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

They agreed to hold discussions on the signing of a master plan on building a cross-border economic cooperation region on the principles of equality and mutual benefit and in line with each country’s legal regulations.
Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong and Premier Li Keqiang shared the view that the role of Vietnam-China trade cooperation mechanisms should be further promoted and relevant agreements reached by the two countries should be implemented effectively. The bilateral trade imbalance should be improved while legal procedures should be quickly completed to open the Chinese market for Vietnamese farm produce, forestry and aquatic products, they said, noting the need to facilitate the establishment of Vietnam’s trade promotion offices in China, first of all in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

The two sides pledged to create more favourable conditions for businesses to forge investment collaboration, and quickly address difficulties and obstacles so that firms on both sides can ensure the quality, progress and efficiency of joint projects.

They vowed to encourage localities to promote friendly exchanges and win-win cooperation.

Vietnam welcomes Chinese projects applying modern and environmentally friendly technologies, particularly those operating in the fields of agriculture, high technology, machinery manufacturing, the support industry, renewable and clean energy, technology transfers and high-quality human resources training.

Both sides also agreed to step up collaboration on agriculture, the environment, science and technology, transport, tourism, healthcare, testing and quarantines while promoting partnerships in aviation.

The two sides will strengthen coordination on the management and the effective and sustainable use of the water resources of the Mekong-Lancang River.

They suggested promoting the role of the joint working groups on infrastructure and financial-monetary cooperation and coordinating closely for the effective use of China’s credit and non-refundable aid packages provided to Vietnam.

The two leaders advocated fostering ASEAN connectivity and the central role of the bloc in East Asia, as well as enhancing the cooperative ties between China and ASEAN in the coming time for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.