NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) and NPC Chairman
Li Zhanshu at the talks (Photo: VNA)
The talks took place following an official welcome
ceremony for the Vietnamese top legislator, who is making an official visit
to China from July 8-12 at the invitation of the NPC head.
Chairman Li Zhanshu affirmed that Chinese Party and
State leaders attach importance to the visit of the Vietnamese NA
Chairwoman, who is the highest-ranking leader of Vietnam to pay an official
visit to China following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party
of China (CPC).
Chairwoman Ngan reiterated that the Vietnamese Party
and State always treasure the preservation, inheritance and development of
the traditional Vietnam-China friendship, which has been fostered by
Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong along with many generations of leaders
of both countries.
She stressed that the maintenance of meetings and
contact between high-ranking leaders of the two countries is very important
in order to enhance political trust, and timely instruct the settlement of
outstanding or arising problems, thus helping bilateral ties develop in a
stable and sustainable manner on the basis of agreements reached by leaders
of both sides.
Towards this goal, the Vietnamese NA leader asked
Chinese leaders to coordinate with Vietnam in directing relevant agencies
and localities of both sides to organize activities marking the 70th
anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations (January 18, 1950-2020), thus
further deepening the good ties between the two Parties, States and peoples.
For his part, the NPC Chairman appreciated the
healthy development trend in bilateral ties, noting that after the 19th
National Congress of the CPC, Party General Secretaryy and President Xi
Jinping had chosen Vietnam for his first visit to a foreign country. During
the visit, Xi held in-depth discussion with General Secretary of the
Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong on China-Vietnam ties. The two
leaders had reached common perception on many issues and instructed boosting
the traditional friendship and the comprehensive strategic cooperative
partnership between the two countries.
The two legislative leaders agreed to the need to
promote bilateral cooperation towards bringing happiness to their people and
demonstrate the superiority of the socialist regime. They said the two
countries should make full use of available cooperative mechanisms to enrich
the content of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
Regarding economic ties, the Vietnamese NA
Chairwoman underlined good growth in bilateral trade and investment
partnership, with two-way trade value reaching 106.3 billion USD in 2018.
China continued to be the largest trade and tourism partner of Vietnam,
while Vietnam kept its position as the largest ASEAN trade partner of China.
In the first five months of 2019, China became the top foreign investor in
Ngan affirmed that Vietnam will create favourable
conditions for foreign investors, including China, to carry out investment
projects using advanced and environmentally-friendly technologies in
Vietnam, especially in the fields of process, clean energy and hi-tech
She urged China to facilitate the entry of
Vietnamese farm produce into China through favourable quarantine and
customs, sharing of information on import-export policies, and trade
The NPC Chairman said the two sides should push
ahead with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on
connectivity between the “two corridors, one belt” and the “belt and road”
initiatives, while building plans, defining priorities and launching
negotiations between the two Governments on a five-year plan on
infrastructure development and economic zones in border areas to promote
investment and trade.
He affirmed that China will encourage its businesses
to invest more in Vietnam, and asked Vietnam to facilitate Chinese
investment in hi-tech and agriculture.
Li noted that China wants to cooperate with Vietnam
in building railways connecting Vietnam, China and Europe, thus facilitating
the transport of Vietnamese goods to Europe.
He added that China pays attention to trading in
farm produce with Vietnam, and invited Vietnamese firms to participate in
the second international import expo in China.
Regarding the sea issues, the two sides pledged to
continue following the shared perception of high-ranking leaders of both
Parties and States and the Vietnam-China agreement on basic principles
guiding the settlement of sea-related issues; pursue the settlement of
sea-related issues by peaceful measures in accordance with international
The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of
measures to maintain stability at sea, well implement the Declaration on the
Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and work for the early signing of a
Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC) for maintaining peace,
stability in the region.
The two legislative leaders took note of positive
developments in the land border between the two countries. The Vietnamese
side proposed that the law-making bodies of both countries enhance
supervision and instruct ministries, sectors and localities to adhere to the
three legal documents signed between Vietnam and China on land border and
strengthen coordination in border management, thus building a peaceful
border of friendship, cooperation and development.
The two legislative leaders also shared experience
in Party building and anti-corruption work.
Chairwoman Ngan underlined the good cooperation
between the two law-making bodies in the recent past, and suggested that the
two sides continue to exchange visits between their high-ranking leaders,
committees, friendship parliamentary groups, and legislators, as well as
between local people’s councils.
The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of
working experience in perfecting the Party’s leadership over the State and
building a socialist law-governed State. They pledged to coordinate in
supervising the implementation of signed agreements, while strengthening
coordination and mutual support at inter-parliamentary forums in the region
and the world.
The NPC Chairman congratulated Vietnam for its
election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and its Chair
of the ASEAN in 2020. He affirmed that China will work closely with Vietnam
to contribute to peace and stability in the region and the world.
The Vietnamese NA Chairwoman invited Li to visit
Vietnam, and the NPC Chairman accepted the invitation with pleasure.-VNA.