Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo

Viet Nam treasures the traditional friendly neighborliness and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China, considering it a strategic choice and top priority in the country's external policy, affirmed Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Chinese Ambassador to Viet Nam Xiong Bo. (Photo: VNA)

During a reception Ha Noi on August 24 for Chinese Ambassador to Viet Nam Xiong Bo, the PM stressed that Viet Nam consistently pursues the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification of ties, proactive and active international integration, and being a responsible member of the international community. Viet Nam does not ally with one country to fight the other.

He wished that both sides would enhance political trust between the two Parties and nations, promote exchanges at all levels, boost comprehensive cooperation and uphold the Steering Committee on Viet Nam-China Bilateral Cooperation mechanism.

Suggesting priority be given to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinh thanked the Chinese Government for donating an additional 2 million doses of vaccines to Viet Nam. He hoped China will continue offering vaccines, transfer vaccine production technology and COVID-19 medicines to Viet Nam.

The host also suggested dealing with the trade deficit faced by Viet Nam and wished China would facilitate customs clearance, import more Vietnamese goods as well as tackle difficulties in several projects.

The two sides need to strive to maintain peace and stability, satisfactorily settle disagreements at sea in the spirit of high-level common perceptions, the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues and abide by international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, he said.

He added that the two countries need to partner with ASEAN to fully and seriously implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), as well as step up negotiations on an effective and practical Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Ambassador Xiong, for his part, affirmed that the Chinese Party and Government attach importance to ties with Viet Nam, and stay ready to boost political trust and consider increasing vaccine supplies to the country.

He emphasised that China does not pursue a trade surplus with Viet Nam. It is willing is address bottlenecks in export-import, consider opening market for the Vietnamese high-quality goods, and complete several key projects soon.

China wants to well control disagreements and satisfactorily settle issues at sea with Viet Nam in line with high-level common preceptions, he stated.

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(Source: VNA)