China's Xi vows stronger ties with Vietnam

Added On November 7, 2015

Before addressing the National Assembly of Vietnam, President Xi Jinping met with general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Vietnamese prime minister.
President Xi met with general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Nguyen Phu Trong, Thursday evening.
The two leaders vowed to cement and advance the two countries' friendship forged and augment cooperation in aspects ranging from economic exchanges, development strategies, party-to-party ties to coordination on international affairs.
They both stressed the importance of maritime cooperation, saying both countries need to properly manage their differences in this area and highlight common interests.
After their talks, they witnessed the signing of a host of agreements on party-to-party cooperation, infrastructure, economy, energy and culture.
Xi also met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Xi urged the two countries to maintain maritime stability and promote maritime cooperation through friendly consultations.
 Dung said Vietnam stands ready to join efforts with China to properly address their differences. 
And Vietnam agrees with China on the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to facilitate investment and operations of Chinese enterprises.
 Also on Thursday, the Chinese president also published an article on Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, or The People.
 In the article, Xi said China has been Vietnam's biggest trading partner for 11 consecutive years, and Vietnam has become China's second-largest in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
 He added that bilateral trade is expected to reach the target of 100 billion U.S. dollars ahead of schedule.
 More importantly, he said the two sides have solved the demarcation of the land border and the Beibu Gulf through friendly consultations.
 This laid a solid foundation for the stability, security and common development of the border regions.
 He said China and Vietnam should join hands to create a bright future for bilateral relations.