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Chinese leader Xi Jinping set to visit Vietnam next week

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – China’s Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and his wife are scheduled to pay a state visit to Vietnam on December 12 and 13 to bolster ties between the two neighboring countries.

The visit, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China, 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, the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam said in a statement today, December 7.

Vietnam will be the second country President Xi visits this year without engaging in multilateral activities following his visit to Russia in March, according to Tuoi Tre Online newspaper.

This will be Xi’s third state visit to Vietnam in his capacity as General Secretary and President of China. His previous visits took place in 2015 and 2017.

During the upcoming visit, General Secretary and President Xi will have talks and meetings with leaders of Vietnam.

Bilateral relations between Vietnam and China have been growing, with frequent high-level visits and exchanges, especially the historic official visit to China by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in October last year.

The news about Xi’s forthcoming state visit to Vietnam broke after China’s top diplomat Wang Yi visited Vietnam early this month.

China remains Vietnam’s largest trading partner, while Vietnam maintains its position as China’s largest trading partner in ASEAN. Two-way trade between Vietnam and China amounted to US$175.6 billion last year, of which Vietnamese exports accounted for US$57.7 billion.

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