Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a Vietnamese delegation have concluded their trip to to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo and the 20th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in China’s Nanning province.
The visit was of vital significance, and PM Chinh and the delegation took part in many effective activities. PM Chinh and his entourage had bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Qiang and received member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Secretary of Guangxi Party Committee, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Liu Ning.
|Nguyen Minh Vu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs |
The prime minister also attended and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the expo and summit, toured the Vietnam trade pavilion and booths, and received representatives of top Chinese enterprises in railways, electricity, telecommunications, and construction.
The visit was a huge success, strengthening bilateral relations. The aim was to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and showed the state’s high regard and top priority for Vietnam’s bilateral relationship with China.
The talks between the two prime ministers consolidated senior exchanges and contacts between the two sides, firming up consensus among the leadership, especially common ground established on the official visit to China by Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in October 2022, and a series of other high-level visits. This has helped the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to develop stably and healthily.
The visit helped raise practical ties between the two countries. The two sides discussed in-depth measures to promote cooperation, with a focus on economics-trade and transport connections to promote the complementarity of both nations.
PM Chinh raised a number of specific proposals for cooperation in areas for Vietnam, such as accelerating the opening of the Chinese market for Vietnamese agricultural and aquatic products, and creating advantages for the establishment of the Vietnam trade promotion offices in Chengdu and Haikou. He also suggested both nations coordinate to improve customs clearance efficiency, avoid goods congestion at border gates, and strengthen traffic connections and border gate infrastructure.
PM Chinh also suggested that Vietnam and China research cooperation in building a number of railway lines in Vietnam, and improve the capacity to transport goods bilaterally and through third countries. It was advised that efforts are made to promote tourism cooperation to recover to pre-pandemic levels; to coordinate to resolve problems in a number of projects, and speed up China’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang made positive responses to all the proposals, and the two leaders agreed to assign relevant authorities to increase exchanges and achieve progress.
In discussions with PM Chinh, the Chinese prime minister and Liu Ning stated that they would expand the import of goods, especially our agricultural products, and maintain smooth trade at border gates. China will also encourage Chinese businesses to invest in sectors that Vietnam prioritises for development, while strengthening road and rail connections between the two countries. The visit also manifested Vietnam’s proactive and active contributions to cooperation within the ASEAN and between the bloc and China.
Moreover, PM Chinh also visited and encouraged Vietnamese businesses, reaffirming a strong message that the government and authorities stand ready to support them to reach out to the Chinese market as well as regional and international markets.
The delegation along with Vietnamese businesses showed Vietnam’s high regard, needs, and goodwill in implementing extensive and comprehensive cooperation with China as well as with other ASEAN countries. It also demonstrated Vietnam’s potential and status in bilateral and multilateral economic and trade cooperation in the region.
As an active member of ASEAN and as China’s largest trading partner in ASEAN, Vietnam will continue to work with China and ASEAN countries, ushering in a new path, promoting cooperation in economics, trade, and investment, prioritising sustainable development, and contributing to peace, cooperation, and development in the region and wider world.
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