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Vietnam-China diplomatic ties celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City

January 19, 2021 | 14:00

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the city's Vietnam-China Friendship Association held a gathering on January 18 to celebrate the 71st founding anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic relations (January 18, 1950 - 2021).

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Vietnam China diplomatic ties celebrated in HCM City
At the headquarters of Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations. Photo: HUFO
Vietnam China diplomatic ties celebrated in HCM City
The Chinese Consulate General officials and staff take part in the gather through live broadcast. Photo: HUFO

Due to the influence of the COVID-19 epidemic, the meeting was held online between the offices of Ho Chi Minh City and the Chinese Consulate General. Attending the online meeting were Nguyen Tuan, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs of HCM City, Vuong Duc Hoang Quan - HUFO President, Duong Quan Ha - Chairman of the city's Vietnam - China Friendship Association together with representatives of departments, committees, branches, executive board, members of the Friendship Association, Chinese students of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

At the Chinese Consulate General, there were the presence of Chinese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Wu Jun, officials and staff of the Consulate General.

Vietnam China diplomatic ties celebrated in HCM City
Chairman of the Vietnam-China Friendship Association in HCM City Duong Quan Ha speaks at the gathering on January 18. Photo: VNA

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Vietnam - China Friendship Association in HCM City Duong Quan Ha said the two countries are neighbours with a time-tested friendship. Their relations, nurtured by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong and generations of leaders, were lifted to the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and have been flourishing, bringing about common benefits for their people.

On the basis of their partnership, Party and State leaders of Vietnam and China have held many mutual visits and online talks over the past years to strengthen the traditional friendship, which is considered a precious spiritual asset of the two countries’ people.

The encouraging outcomes of bilateral ties, as well as the development and stability of each nation, have consolidated the confidence in a new stage of stronger and more substantive development of their relations this year and the time to come, Ha noted.

He also highlighted the fruitful friendship and cooperation between the HUFO, the Vietnam - China Friendship Association in HCM City and the Chinese Consulate General and Chinese businesses here, noting that they have cooperated in friendship, cultural, and social activities so as to enhance mutual understanding between the people of HCM City and Chinese localities, thus contributing to their countries’ friendship and cooperation.

Vietnam China diplomatic ties celebrated in HCM City
Chinese Consul General to HCM City Wu Jun emphasised that over the last 71 years, China-Vietnam relations have become a role model of ties between socialist nations. Photo: HUFO
Vietnam China diplomatic ties celebrated in HCM City
At the headquarters of Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations. Photo: HUFO

For his part, Chinese Consul General in HCM City Wu Jun affirmed that over the past 71 years, the relationship between China and Vietnam has become a model of relations amongst socialist countries, bringing practical benefits to people of both countries.

In recent years, he added, under the direct leadership of the two countries’ top Party leaders and thanks to common efforts, bilateral ties have been growing well with cooperation increasingly substantive in all fields, from politics and economy, to people-to-people diplomacy.

Notably, in 2020, the countries carried out a wide range of joint activities to fight against COVID-19, assist the settlement of natural disasters’ consequences, and promote trade and investment links.

Wishing the Communist Party of Vietnam a successful 13th National Party Congress, he pledged to continue to cooperate with the HUFO and Friendship Association inexternal relations activities, contributing to strengthening the comprehensive and strategic partnership towards a bright future for the two nations./.

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