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Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrives in Vietnam for state visit

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – China’s Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and his spouse arrived in Hanoi this afternoon, December 12, starting a two-day state visit to Vietnam.

Xi is accompanied by several high-ranking Chinese officials, including Cai Qi, member of China’s Politburo Standing Committee, member of the Committee’s Secretariat and Chief of the Committee’s Office; and Wang Yi, director of the General Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission and Foreign Minister of China.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will preside over a welcome ceremony in honor of President Xi and his delegation at the Presidential Palace this afternoon, which is marked by a 21-gun salute in the area of Thang Long Citadel at the ceremony.

After that, the two leaders will proceed to the Party Central Committee headquarters to hold talks and review the execution of the signed cooperation agreements.

Those important cooperation deals belong to multiple fields, including security and defense, communications, trade, investment, digital economy, farm export, green development and maritime cooperation.

The Chinese leader’s visit to Vietnam is made at the invitation of Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his wife, as well as Vietnam’s President Vo Van Thuong and his wife.

This is Xi’s third state visit to Vietnam in his capacity as General Secretary and President of China. His ongoing visit coincides with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two neighboring nations.

It holds significant importance for the relations between the two Parties and two countries, underscoring the mutual respect and foremost priority both countries accord to fortifying the stable and sustainable development of the Vietnam-China relationship.

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