Beijing (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Le Hoai Trung, head of the Vietnamese government delegation to Vietnam-China
territorial border negotiations and his Chinese counterpart Luo
Zhaohui held a meeting in Beijing from November 26-28 to discuss Vietnam
– China ties, their territorial border issues and regional and international
matters of mutual concern.
Both sides lauded the maintenance of regular
high-level exchanges, effective implementation of cooperation mechanisms
between the Parties, ministries and localities of the two countries, as well
as progress in economic-trade, investment and tourism collaboration.
They held that the mainland border situation has
basically been stable while negotiation and exchange mechanisms on maritime
issues have been maintained, thus laying a solid foundation for their future
Trung spoke highly of China’s efforts to create
favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods, most recently dairy products, to
enter the Chinese market.
He suggested both sides should develop balanced
trade, deal with problems in several Chinese projects in Vietnam, and
facilitate custom clearance at border gates.
On orientations for the bilateral cooperation next
year, they agreed to accelerate high-level visits and meetings, hold
activities to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of Vietnam – China
diplomatic ties and successfully organise the 12th meeting of the Steering
Committee for Vietnam – China Bilateral Cooperation.
They pledged to further push forward economic,
trade, investment, tourism cooperation, make it easier for Vietnamese farm
produce, including durians, to soon access the Chinese market, and encourage
localities to enhance mutually-beneficial coordination.
The two sides will review 20 years since the signing
of the Vietnam – China mainland border treaty and 10 years after the
completion of border demarcation, hold people-to-people exchange activities
and enhance mutual trust and understanding.
Regarding issues at sea, they promised to seriously
perform common perceptions of their senior leaders, and properly control and
settle differences in order to maintain a peaceful and stable environment in
the East Sea.
Trung affirmed Vietnam’s stance on maritime issues
in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the
Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
On the occasion, Trung met bilaterally with Chinese
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Deputy Foreign Minister Ma
Zhaoxu to discuss affairs at the United Nations, and with Deputy Director of
the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s International Liaison
Department Wang Yajun to discuss measures to boost relations between the two
Parties and States./.