Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping (R) and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (Source: VNA)
The Joint Communiqué said that during the visit, the Vietnamese Party chief
held talks with Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping, and
had meetings with China’s
Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang; Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China (NPCC)
Standing Committee Zhang Dejiang; Chairman of the National Committee of
the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng;
and Secretary of the Chinese Party Central Committee’s Commission for
Discipline Inspection, Wang Qishan.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chairman of the National Committee
of the CPPCC Yu Zhengsheng attended a friendship meeting celebrating the 67th anniversary of Vietnam-China
diplomatic ties and the upcoming Lunar New Year.
Besides Beijing, the Vietnamese party chief made a tour of Zhejiang province.
The Joint Communiqué said the two sides agreed that the
visit was a success, contributing greatly to enhancing mutual trust,
strengthening the traditional friendship, and deepening the comprehensive
strategic cooperative partnership between the two nations, while helping promote
peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
The two sides said Vietnam and China are neighbours with long-lasting
traditional friendship and both are socialist countries led by the communist
parties. The two countries share similarities in political regime and
development policy and correlative future. Sustainable development of each
country and the bilateral friendship and cooperation bear great importance to both
nations. In the context of new historical conditions, when the international
and regional situation is undergoing rapid and complicated changes, the persistence
in the leadership of the communist party and the socialist institution is a
correct choice that suits the fundamental and long-term interests of the two
countries and peoples.
The two sides affirmed that Vietnam and China will stringently pursue the motto
“friendly neighbours, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability and
looking towards the future” and uphold the spirit of “good neighbours, good
friends, good comrades and good partners”.
The two countries will always develop the bilateral relations on the basis of strategic
and long-term vision, and follow the major orientation of the Vietnam-China
relationship, the statement said.
It added that the two countries will maintain mutual respect, promote strategic
exchange, enhance political trust, properly solve differences, deepen win-win
cooperation, continually foster the stable, healthy development of the Vietnam-China
comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, in order to bring greater
benefits for both countries and peoples while contributing more to promoting
peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and the world.
The two sides agreed
to maintain and strengthen Vietnam-China high-level exchanges through various
forms including bilateral visits, special envoys, hotlines, annual meetings and
meetings on the sidelines of multilateral forums, thus timely exchanging
viewpoints on important issues in the relationship between the two Parties and
countries as well as on regional and international situations, and defining
orientations and directing the Vietnam-China ties’ growth in the new period.
They concurred that
both Vietnam and China have entered an important period of socio-economic
development, thus it is necessary to optimise the overall coordinating role of
exchange and cooperation mechanisms, such as high-level meetings between the
two Parties and the Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, with focus on
improving effectiveness of partnership in five major areas.
Firstly, the two
sides should effectively implement cooperation plan between the two Parties in
the 2016-2020 period, while increasing collaboration between central agencies
of the two parties and among Party organisations in localities, especially in
provinces and areas along the border.
The two sides should
actively promote exchanges and friendship cooperation between the National
Assembly of Vietnam and the National People’s Congress of China, and between
the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative
Secondly, the two
countries should strengthen exchanges and cooperation in diplomacy, defence,
security and law enforcement.
Thirdly, the two
sides should further promote the result-oriented partnership in economy and
trade, while making good strategic planning for bilateral cooperation.
Affiliation in agriculture, environment, science-technology, and transportation
should also be strengthened.
countries should encourage exchanges and links between the two peoples,
especially the youth using flexible and diverse forms, in order to enhance
mutual understanding and friendship. It is also necessary to expand partnership
in culture, education, tourism and media.
Fifthly, the two
sides should optimise the role of the Vietnam-China Joint Committee on Land
Border and the Committee on Vietnam-China Land Border Gate Management, while
well implementing legal documents on land border between the two countries.
The two sides have
discussed the sea-related issues in a straightforward and sincere manner. They underlined
the need to observe the common perceptions reached by leaders of the two
Parties and countries, and the “agreement
on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea issues between Vietnam and
The two sides should make the best use of the
governmental-level negotiating mechanism on border and territory and pursue
negotiations and friendly consultations to seek fundamental and long lasting
solutions acceptable to both sides.
The two sides agreed to well
implement follow-up work after finishing the joint field survey in the area off
the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin while accelerating negotiations on demarcating
the area beyond the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf and promoting cooperation for
development in the waters. They agreed to continue to promote the efforts of
the working group on cooperation for development at sea while effectively
stepping up joint projects in less sensitive fields as agreed previously.
Both sides agreed to continue to fully and
effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea
(DOC), work towards the early formation of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the
East Sea (COC) on the basis of consensus consultation, effectively controlling
disputes at sea and avoiding actions that would further complicate or expanding
disputes, while maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea.
The Vietnamese side affirmed to consistently pursue the
one-China policy, support the peaceful development of Cross-Strait relations
and China’s great cause of unification, and resolutely oppose actions for an
“independent Taiwan” in any form. Vietnam does not develop any official ties
with Taiwan. The Chinese side welcomes Vietnam’s stance.
Both sides also agreed to boost coordination and
cooperation at multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the ASEAN-China, Mekong – Lan
Cang, thus working together in maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in
the region and the world.
The Joint Communiqué noted
that the two sides signed a number of cooperation documents during the