Cooperation between Vietnam and China is expected to be further strengthened, driven by the two countries' recent agreement to facilitate more transport ties by road, air, sea, and river to boost bilateral trade and cultural exchanges.
A Vietnamese mission led by Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Thang made a visit to China from May 29-31 to discuss cooperation opportunities.
The delegation included officials from the Ministry of Transport, the National Assembly's Finance and Budget Committee, the Government Office, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Ministry of Finance.
On May 29, the Vietnamese Minister of Transport had a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Li Xiaopeng. The two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in the transport sector over the past few years, and possibilities of further strengthening ties.
In December last year, the two ministries signed an agreement to add 15 transport routes and two pairs of border gates to international road transport options between Vietnam and China. This increased the total number to nine pairs of border gates and 35 road transport routes with the aim of facilitating bilateral trade.
Since March 2023, aviation activities between the two countries have also resumed. At present, there are seven Chinese airlines operating 10 routes from nine Chinese cities to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with a total frequency of 93 round-trip flights per week.
Vietnamese air carriers such as Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, and Bamboo Airways are also operating flights from Hanoi, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Cam Ranh, and Dalat to Beijing, Shanghai, and Quangzhou.
As part of the visit, the Vietnamese delegation met with the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation and China’s National Railway Administration to discuss and learn about China's high-speed railway development experience, while also promoting transport cooperation between the specialised management agencies and businesses of the two countries.
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