FM Bui Thanh Son holds phone talk with Chinese counterpart

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son made a phone call to Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on April 16.
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Son took the occasion to brief his Chinese counterpart on Vietnam’s guideline for external relations defined at the 13th National Party Congress, under which Vietnam consistently pursues an independent foreign policy for peace, cooperation and development, diversification and multilateralization, and comprehensive and in-depth international integration, Vietnamplus reported.

The FM reiterated that maintaining and developing the traditional friendship and the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China is always one of the top priorities in Vietnam’s external policy.

FM Wang Yi affirmed that China attaches importance to promoting the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam and congratulated Vietnam on the success of the 13th National Party Congress and the 11th session of the 14th National Assembly, during which the country selected a new leadership and defined socio-economic development targets for the years ahead.

FM Bui Thanh Son holds phone talk with Chinese counterpart
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son. Photo: VNA

The two FMs shared the view that the two parties and countries’ relations continue to maintain a positive development trend, with regular exchanges and contacts at all levels held in flexible forms, and economic-trade cooperative growing despite the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two countries have shared medical supplies and experience in fighting the pandemic and supported each other in times of natural disasters.

The two sides agreed to promote exchanges at a high level and other levels, and invited each other to make a mutual visit at an appropriate time for direct discussion. They also vowed to bring into full play the role of the two Foreign Ministries in coordinating and promoting cooperation across the fields in bilateral ties towards a healthy and substantial growth of economic-trade relations and maintain discussions on international and regional issues of mutual concern.

The two sides discussed sea-related issues in a sincere and straightforward manner and agreed to continue optimizing the role of existing negotiating mechanisms. Minister Son said that the two sides should handle disputes in the spirit of respecting each other’s legitimate rights and interests, bilateral agreements and common perception, and international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and work together with ASEAN to achieve positive progress regarding a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Earlier, an exchange between secretaries of the Party committees of northern Cao Bang, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, and Ha Giang provinces and Secretary of the Party Committee of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region took place in Cao Bang on April 9.

Both sides spoke highly of cooperation results obtained from the 2020 conference held in Liuzhou, Guangxi, notably offering mutual support to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining stable development and friendship.

FM Bui Thanh Son holds phone talk with Chinese counterpart
At the event. Photo: VNA

This year, they will continue delivering on commitments reached in recent years, enhance activeness and creativity in studying and performing new perceptions in signing collaboration agreements. Via the

exchange of letters, phone talks, hotlines, conferences, and seminars at border areas, localities promptly discussed views on emerging issues.

They will expand exchanges and cooperation in culture, education, tourism, crime combat, immigration, border, and cybersecurity management. Localities will effectively protect and use water resources and aquatic species.

Parties will effectively implement three legal documents on Vietnam – China land border and related agreements, properly address arising problems in border areas, and increase the level of cooperation in building, managing, opening, and upgrading border gates on the mainland as well as developing an exemplary border gate model.

Amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will actively devise response measures while restoring trade and investment post-pandemic.

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