The Saigon Times Daily
Trong, who began his four-day official visit to China on April 7, held talks with Xi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing soon after his arrival in China, where both leaders reviewed bilateral relations and set out measures to mend ties that have at times been bumpy.
Trong and Xi agreed that besides achievements, bilateral ties have also encountered tumbling blocks. The biggest hindrance, says the Vietnam News Agency, is the lack of high political confidence due to the differences over how to address tensions over the East Sea, which adversely affect the feelings of the two peoples.
The two leaders, therefore, agreed that the two Parties and the two countries need to improve friendly cooperation and satisfactorily settle disputes so as to create a peaceful and stable environment for the benefit of the two peoples and for the region as well as the world.
The two sides would join forces for good control of disputes related to East Sea issues by adhering to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) while accelerating talks between China and ASEAN over a Code of Conduct.
Economic cooperation is also a major point in their bilateral talks.
Trong stressed that Vietnam welcomed financially-capable Chinese investors with advanced technology to do business in Vietnam, especially in infrastructure development, manufacturing, and supporting industries. He suggested that China send capable contractors to Vietnam so that their investment projects in Vietnam could be executed promptly and with high quality.
Xi asserted that trade relations between the two countries had fared well, and said China did not pursue a trade surplus with Vietnam, adding China wanted to import more from Vietnam.
The Chinese side agreed to encourage Chinese traders to import more commodities from Vietnam, and would work with Vietnam to amend and supplement the Sino-Vietnamese border trade agreement to facilitate better flows of goods.
Đăng ký: VietNam News