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Vietnam, China bolster bilateral cooperation

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang in China on September 16 to discuss ways to promote bilateral ties, particularly on trade and infrastructure development.

The meeting was part of PM Chinh’s two-day visit to China, where he is participating in the 20th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business Investment Summit (CABIS).

During the talks, the two leaders praised recent progress in Vietnam-China relations. They agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, notably based on achievements made during the historic visit of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to China in late 2022.

PM Chinh said Vietnam consistently attaches great importance to and prioritizes enhancing the fruitful partnership with China, which is considered a strategic choice and a top priority of Vietnam’s foreign policy. Meanwhile, PM Li stated that China values deepening ties with Vietnam as a prioritized direction in its neighborly diplomacy.

PM Chinh recommended China expedite the process of opening its market for Vietnamese agricultural and aquatic products. He requested that Chinese authorities facilitate the establishment of Vietnam Trade Promotion offices in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and Haikou, Hainan Province.

He said the Vietnamese Government would provide favorable conditions for Chinese investments in Vietnam, particularly with large-scale, high-quality projects. He proposed that both countries enhance traffic connectivity and infrastructure systems in border areas.

PM Li Qiang said that China would continue to expand its market entrance for Vietnamese exports. China supports the establishment of additional air routes between the two nations, as well as the implementation of projects aimed at enhancing the standards of living, health, and education in Vietnam, he added.

Vietnam and China intended to increase all-level visits and exchanges, foster economic cooperation, and maintain coordination in multilateral mechanisms and forums. The two countries agreed to effectively manage land borders, appropriately handle differences and work closely to keep peace and stability at sea.

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