Following a welcome ceremony at thehighest level for a state leader, the Vietnamese and Chinese Presidentsheld talks in a friendly, straightforward and open atmosphere.
The two Presidents reviewed the bilateral ties over the past years inall fields, and exchanged opinions in depth on directions and majormeasures to further develop the neighbourly friendship and thecomprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the twocountries.
They also discussed international and regional issues of mutual concerns.
President Xi Jinping said China attaches great importance to thevisit by President Sang and expressed his belief that the visit willcreate a new momentum for the relationship between the two countries,enhance mutual understanding and trust, as well as mutually-beneficialcooperation between the two parties and nations, and the friendshipbetween the two peoples.
He affirmed that Chinatreasures the friendship and cooperation with Vietnam and stressedthat the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam andChina , which has been nurtured by leaders of both countries, is aprecious asset to both parties and nation, and the two sides shouldinherit and promote it.
On his part, President Sangexpressed thanks to the Chinese leaders and people for the warmrespectful welcome for the Vietnamese delegation. On behalf of theVietnamese Party, State and people, the President congratulated Chinafor the success of the 18th National Congress of the Chinese CommunistParty in late 2012 and the first session of the 12th NationalPeople’s Congress and the People’s Political Consultative Congress inMarch, which elected new Party and State leadership of China and mappedout major policies and orientations for the country’s development in thecoming time.
President Sang conveyed best regardsfrom Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to PartyGeneral Secretary and President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders.
He reiterated the Vietnamese Party, State andpeople’s basic, consistent and long-standing policy of treasuring thefriendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with China .The Vietnamese Party, State and people are willing to make effortstogether with the Chinese Party, State and people to lift theVietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a newheight.
Regarding the bilateral relations, the two sides werepleased to note new steps of development in the tie between the twoParties and two countries over the past time. They expressed pleasure atand spoke highly of the signing of an action programme to implement theVietnam-China strategic cooperative partnership and many otherimportant cooperation documents during this visit.
The two sides agreed on the need to further deepen the political trustbetween the two Parties and two countries; increase high-level visitsand contacts; continue accelerating exchanges; effectively implementcooperation contents and agreements between Party agencies, ministriesand agencies and localities of the two sides; and boost the exchangebetween mass organisations, especially those of young people, in orderto strengthen education about the friendship and mutual understandingbetween the two peoples. The two sides need to perfect and bring intofull play the important role of bilateral cooperation mechanisms,especially the Steering Committee for Vietnam-China BilateralCooperation, and push their practical cooperation to gain newprogresses.
The two sides agreed to boostmutually-beneficial cooperation in all fields of economics, trade,culture, sports, tourism, education, health care, and science andtechnology, with a view to constantly enrich the content of thecomprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam andChina . President Sang suggested that the two sides should instructtheir ministries and sectors to grasp thoroughly and effectively deploythe contents of cooperation agreements inked previously and on theoccasion of this visit, continuously improve the quality of cooperationin the trade and economic fields and coordinate effective and drasticmeasures to maintain the stable growth of bilateral trade while reducingVietnam’s trade deficit, striving to raise two-way trade to 60 billionUSD by 2015. President Sang welcomed and hoped that China will investin major projects in infrastructure construction, manufacturing, andsupport industry with modern and advanced technology in Vietnam.
The two sides welcomed the signing of a revised agreement on borderdefence cooperation and the working statutes of the Vietnam-China JointCommittee on land border gate management on the occasion of PresidentSang’s visit. They said these agreements will increase the efficiency ofmanagement cooperation and coordination between the two sides,maintaining security and order and facilitate exchanges and tradeactivities between the two peoples at border areas, contributing tobuilding a joint border line of peace, stability, cooperation anddevelopment.
The two sides also discussed in astraightforward manner and agreed to maintain regular exchanges anddialogues on sea issues and seriously carry out the Vietnam-Chinaagreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-relatedissues.
They agreed on settling disputes by peacefulmeasures based on international law, seeking basic and long-termsolutions acceptable to both sides and solving arising issuessatisfactorily, not letting them affect the healthy development of thetwo countries’ relations as well as peace and stability in the EastSea.
The two sides agreed to implementcomprehensively and effectively the Declaration on the Conduct ofParties in the East Sea (DOC), as well as work together to maintainpeace and stability in the East Sea.
In the time to come, the two sides will actively carry out agreed projects relating to less sensitive fields at sea.
President Sang laid special emphasis on the issue of fishing which isclosely related to the livelihood and interests of millions ofVietnamese fishermen. He asked that the two sides strengthencoordination to solve this issue satisfactorily to ensure fishermen’slegitimate rights and interests.
The Presidentsuggested that the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture coordinate closelyin the coming time to implement effectively an agreement on theestablishment of a hotline dealing with unexpectedly arising mattersrelating to sea fishing, which was also signed on this occasion.
The two leaders also agreed that their countries need to intensifycoordination at multilateral forums, including the United Nations, WorldTrade Organisation (WTO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)Forum, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF),ASEAN-China Summit, East Asia Summit (EAS) and ASEAN Summit plus China,Japan and the Republic of Korea (ASEAN+3), as well as work together tomaintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.
On the occasion, President Sang invited ChinesePresident Xi Jinping and other high-ranking Chinese leaders to visitVietnam soon. President Xi Jinping accepted the invitation withpleasure, and invited Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong andhigh-ranking Vietnamese leaders to visit China at an appropriatetime.
After the talks, the two Presidents witnessed the signing of several cooperative documents including:
-a joint plan of action between Governments of Vietnam and Chinaon implementing the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperativepartnership,
-a border defence cooperation agreement between the two Ministries of Defence,
-an agreement between Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment (MARD) and China’s Ministry of Agriculture on theestablishment of a hot line on unexpected incidences in fishingoperations at sea,
-a framework agreement betweenthe two governments on China ’s provision of preferential credit worth320 million RMB for Vietnam’s railway information system,
-a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two Governments on establishing a cultural centre in each country,
-the working statutes of the Vietnam -China Joint Committee on Land Border Gate Management,
-an agreement between MARD and China ’s General Administration ofQuality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on cooperation in thefield of animal and plant quarantine in import-export,
-a cooperation plan between the Vietnam Union of FriendshipOrganisations and China ’s People’s External Friendship Associationin the 2013-2017 period.
-an agreement on preferential buyer’s credit worth 45 million USD for the Ninh Binh Fine Coal-based Urea Plant project,
and the 4 th amendment to an agreement between Vietnam Oil and GasCorporation (PetroVietnam) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNO OC) on the joint exploration in agreed offshore areas in the Gulfof Tonkin.-VNA
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