AMM-56: Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Chinese senior official have a meeting
|On July 13, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son met with Politburo member and Director of the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi in Jakarta. (Photo: WVR/Tuan Anh)
The meeting took place on the occasion of the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-56) and related meetings in Jakarta.
Noting with satisfaction the recent strides in the Vietnam - China relations, the two officials affirmed that their countries will keep attaching importance to each other’s roles and the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. They will continue to effectively implement the joint statement issued during the China visit by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in October 2022, and the concrete outcomes of the trip to the Northeast Asian nation by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in June 2023.
Both sides agreed to further increase mutual visits and meetings at all levels; foster cooperation in all fields, especially economy and trade; boost transport connectivity, people-to-people exchanges and locality-to-locality ties; and make joint efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.
Foreign Minister Son asked the two sides to maintain cooperation mechanisms, improve their effectiveness, and coordinate to successfully organise the 15th session of the Vietnam - China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation in Vietnam.
|Overview of the meeting. (Photo: WVR/Tuan Anh)
He called on China to continue increasing the import of goods from Vietnam and accelerate the opening of its market to Vietnamese goods, especially agricultural and aquatic products; coordinate to ensure smooth customs clearance as many farm produce of Vietnam are now in the harvest season; raise the quota of Vietnamese goods transited through China to be delivered to a third country by railway; boost transport and border gate connectivity; speed up the implementation of some cooperation projects; and work together to properly manage the land border, step up the opening and upgrade of some border gate pairs, and open the tourism site of Ban Gioc (Vietnam) - Detian (China) Waterfalls on a trial basis soon.
Highly valuing Foreign Minister Son’s cooperation suggestions, Politburo member Wang recommended the two countries assist each other with national modernisation while enhancing high-quality connectivity between the “Belt and Road” initiative and the “Two Corridors, One Belt” framework.
He also pledged favourable conditions for Vietnam to make better use of financial support from China.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed to properly carry out the high-level agreements and common perceptions, control and satisfactorily deal with differences, make efforts to sustain peace and stability at sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and join ASEAN countries’ efforts to achieve a substantive and efficient code of conduct (COC) in the water that accords with international law, including international sea-related conventions, thereby helping guarantee peace, stability, and navigation freedom in the region as well as the rights and legitimate interests of the parties concerned.
They agreed to bring into play the role of bilateral mechanisms in the issues related to border, territory, and territorial waters.
The two sides also discussed some international and regional issues of shared interest. They pledged that Vietnam and China will keep close coordination at regional and international cooperation forums and mechanisms, including ASEAN-led ones.