Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addresses the opening
ceremony of the 16th CAEXPO and CABIS (Photo: CPV)
In his speech at the ceremony, Deputy PM Dam highly
valued the role of the two events in promoting economic-trade ties between
ASEAN and China.
He stressed that Vietnam always join efforts by
ASEAN and partners to step up the creation of a favourable environment for
business, investment and sustainable development on the basis of ensuring
countries’ legitimate interests and compliance with international law,
thereby contributing to peace, cooperation and prosperity in the region and
On this occasion, the Deputy PM had talks with
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng and received Secretary of the Communist Party
of China Committee of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe.
During the meetings, Deputy PM Dam emphasised that
Vietnam attaches importance to developing the friendly neighbourliness and
comprehensive cooperation with China.
He urged the two countries’ governments to support
and create optimal conditions for exchanges and mutually beneficial
cooperation between border localities. He also called on China to take
actions to reduce Vietnam’s trade deficit with it and properly resolve
outstanding problems in the projects with Chinese businesses’ involvement
which are drawing the Vietnamese public’s concern.
Deputy PM Dam also clarified Vietnam’s stance on the
East Sea issue, demanding that China respect Vietnam’s rights and legitimate
interests and not continue the complex situation at sea.
Speaking highly of the new strides in cooperation
between Vietnamese localities and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, he
affirmed that Vietnam treasures the friendship and mutually beneficial
cooperation between the two countries’ localities, especially border ones.
He said he hopes that Guangxi will work closely with
Vietnamese ministries, sectors and localities to effectively implement
existing mechanisms, step up mutually beneficial partnerships in economy –
trade, culture, tourism, education and border management, thereby helping
with economic development in their border areas.
For their part, the two Chinese officials also
affirmed their country’s respect for the friendly neighbourliness and
all-round cooperation with Vietnam.
Vice Premier Han Zheng took note of Vietnam’s
opinions about its trade deficit with and farm produce export to China,
along with the problems related to some big projects in Vietnam. He
suggested that authorised agencies of both sides continue working together
to expand and improve mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields.
During his stay to attend the CAEXPO and CABIS,
Deputy PM Dam attended the opening ceremony of the national pavilion with An
Giang province chosen for the “City of Charm” of Vietnam, and the trade zone
of the country.
The CAEXPO and CABIS have been held annually in
Nanning since 2004.
This year’s CAEXPO features 5,000 booths covering
104,000sq.m. of 2,500 ASEAN and Chinese businesses. The 150 participating
Vietnamese firms showcase their products in 250 booths, covering 5,000sq.m.
– the largest area among ASEAN countries at the event./.