Xi: China, Vietnam should follow path of friendly cooperation

(Xinhua)

08:29, June 20, 2013

BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged China and Vietnam to "unswervingly march together along the path of friendly cooperation" despite distractions.

Xi made the comments during his three-hour-long talks with visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

They exchanged views on how to strengthen the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation under a new environment and reached broad consensus.

Noting that China and Vietnam are important neighbors and partners of cooperation, Xi said over 60 years of history of bilateral relations tells the two countries that they should unswervingly pursue the path of friendly cooperation despite problems and distractions ahead.

Xi emphasized that China is striving for the goals and tasks set by the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and therefore needs peaceful and stable surroundings.

China attaches great importance to developing relations with Vietnam and will firmly uphold the fundamental policy of developing friendly ties, he said.

Xi said that under complicated and profound changes of international political and economic circumstances, the two countries are facing an important stage of affirming traditions and ushering in the future. He said this requires the two sides to follow the development of the bilateral relationship, unswervingly cement and promote friendship, increase strategic mutual trust and properly handle differences.

Sang said that Vietnam and China enjoy a deep traditional friendship, which is the treasure of the two peoples and serves as the foundation for the two countries' future development.

He said the party, the government and people of Vietnam will never forget China's support and assistance and hope the Chinese people will make greater achievements in building socialism with Chinese characteristics and realize their goals in building a comprehensive well-off society.

Vietnam is willing to work with China to strengthen good neighborhood and comprehensive cooperation, increase mutual trust, properly handle differences, carry forward traditional friendship and forge a stronger bilateral relationship to create sound surroundings for their respective development.

Both heads of states agreed during the talks that China and Vietnam are facing key stages of their respective economic and social development and the two sides need to further strengthen comprehensive cooperation. They also agreed on the following issues:

Firstly, the two sides will maintain high level contacts, enhance strategic communication, exchange views on major issues regarding bilateral relations, strengthen communication on party-to-party relations and exchange information on governance experience.

Secondly, the two sides will promote pragmatic cooperation in all fields with a bigger role for the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation. They will implement an action plan for promoting the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and upgrade the level of cooperation in defense and law enforcement.

Thirdly, the two countries will strengthen strategic coordination on their economic development and make efforts to reach the goal of 60 billion USD in bilateral trade before 2015.

Fourthly, the two sides will expand friendly contacts in youth, culture and education, organize the 2nd China-Vietnam youth gala program and establish a cultural center in each other's country as soon as possible.

Fifthly, the two countries will step up multilateral cooperation and work with other ASEAN countries to upgrade the China-ASEAN strategic partnership to a higher level.

The two presidents witnessed the signing of various documents on the two sides' cooperation.

Prior to their talks, Xi held a welcoming ceremony for Sang.

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