Chinese President Xi JinPing begins State visit to Vietnam
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Hanoi at the start of a two-day state visit which many have hailed as a trip to advance ‘comradely’ ties between the two countries.
This is the first trip to Vietnam made by the highest-ranking Chinese Party and State leader in nine years. It is significant to Vietnam-China relations and Vietnam’s external relations.
The visit is made at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Truong Tan Sang.
This year the countries have organised activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties. Connections between their ministries, sectors and localities have been strengthened, while people-to-people exchanges have been held regularly.
Through the visit, Vietnam aims to continue to confirm its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralism and persification, as well as its determination to develop its ties with China on the basis of mutual respect, mutual benefits and equality.
It will also protect its legitimate interests in the East Sea on the basis of international law and work with China to control disputes, and maintain peace and stability in the sea.
Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (Source: VNA)
The bilateral economic, trade and investment relations have also grown significantly. Trade reached USD49 billion in the first nine months of 2015, a year-on-year rise of 16 percent. Of this, USD12.4 billion came from Vietnam’s exports.
Total investment of over USD8.4 billion in 1,180 projects made China the ninth largest foreign investor in Vietnam at the end of last year./.
( Complied by VNF )