Chinese FM Visits Vietnam, Announcing Pledge of Additional 3 Million Vaccine Doses

Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi said on September 10 that his country will aid Vietnam with three million Covid-19 vaccine doses this year.
September 11, 2021 | 07:51
Politburo member and Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi  (Photo: VNA)
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: VNA

Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi arrived in Hanoi on September 10 for a three-day visit to Vietnam at the invitations of Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

A welcome ceremony for the Chinese official was held at the Government’s Office the same day, VOV reported.

Vietnam is one of Wang’s four stopovers during his Asian trip. After Vietnam, he will visit Cambodia, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.

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A welcome ceremony for Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi was held at the Government’s Office. Photo: The World & Vietnam Report

According to Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper under the People's Daily, Wang's trip to the four countries lasts from September 10-15.

It cited Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin as saying that that these four countries are all close neighbors and important partners with China, and they have been working together with China at the forefront of the global fight against the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery.

China's top diplomat's visits have shown that China attaches great importance to enhancing cooperation with these countries and the sincerity to boost friendship with its neighbors, he added.

Additional 3 million vaccine doses pledged

Chinese FM Visits Vietnam, Announcing Pledge of Additional 3 Million Vaccine Doses
At the 13th meeting of the Vietnam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation. Photo: The World & Vietnam Report

While in Vietnam, Wang co-chaired the 13th meeting of the Vietnam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation in in Hanoi on September 10, where he said Chin will aid Vietnam with three million Covid-19 vaccine doses this year.

Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh appreciated the Chinese aid, the Vietnam Government Portal (VGP) reported.

Both Pham and Wang agreed the two countries will resume commercial flights once the conditions allow, further facilitate movement of humans and goods, and continue effective measures to foster economic, trade and investment cooperation in a stable, sustainable, balanced and healthy manner.

They agreed both countries should accelerate the opening or upgrading of new border gates in a bid to strengthen trade exchanges in the border areas; strengthen cooperation in science and technology, environment, transport, agriculture, education, tourism as well as coordination at multilateral forums.

Regarding maritime issues, the two sides agreed to continue serious implementation of the common perceptions reached by the two countries’ leaders, effectively control divergences, not to take any action that further complicates the situation, and work together to maintain peace and stability in the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sa).

The sides also agreed to step up the process of completing and signing a new agreement on fisheries cooperation in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Deputy PM Pham underscored the importance of respect for each other’s legitimate rights and interests in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea./.

Exchanging pandemic prevention experience

COVID-19 vaccination in HCM City (Photo: VNA)
Covid-19 vaccination in HCM City. Photo: VNA

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long on September 9 held virtual talks with Ma Xiaowei, Minister of the Chinese National Health Commission regarding Covid-19 prevention and control.

At the function, Long thanked the Chinese Government and people for their valuable support for the Vietnamese counterparts in pushing back the pandemic, according to Vietnam Plus.

Ma said with previous Covid-19-related exchanges between Vietnam and China, the event is meaningful in terms of experience sharing to boost the effectiveness of the sides’ responses to the epidemic.

Both ministers joined experts in discussing pandemic prevention and control strategies between Vietnam and China as well as related technical and professional solutions, particularly large-scale testing.

The sides also exchanged their experience in classifying and treating Covid-19 patients. Accordingly, both focused on treating severe patients and sending experts to their areas.

They agreed to establish experience sharing channels to boost cooperation in the time to come./.

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