Viet Nam and China frankly discussed bilateral relations and issues relating to their territorial borders during two-day talks between Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun which ended in Beijing yesterday.
In an atmosphere of friendship and co-operation, the two sides reached complete unanimity on implementation of agreements to maintain the exchange of high-ranking visits, deepen co-operative ties and seek appropriate solutions to existing issues, thus helping bilateral ties develop in a stable and healthy manner in the interest of the two peoples, of peace, stability and co-operation in the region and elsewhere in the world.
The two sides agreed to closely co-ordinate preparations for meetings between high-ranking leaders of the two countries, particularly the visit to China by President Truong Tan Sang set for the second quarter of 2012. They also agreed to hold the 6th session of the Viet Nam-China Bilateral Co-operation Steering Committee in July or August this year.
The two sides agreed to enhance their co-ordination to conclude work on a list of key co-operative projects in order to effectively carry out the Viet Nam-China five-year development scheme on economic-commercial co-operation signed in October last year. Participants said they shared the determination to raise two-way trade value to US$60 billion in 2015 alongside with improving the trade balance.
The two sides agreed to seriously implement signed agreements to jointly carry out land border management in an effective manner, thus contributing to maintaining safety and order in border areas.
Both sides would make efforts to soon reach an agreement on free movements of vessels in the Bac Luan River mouth and co-operate in tapping tourism potential at the Ban Gioc Waterfall area.
The two sides shared the same view that strict implementation of the common perception of the two countries'high-ranking leaders as well as the agreement on basic principles for settling Viet Nam-China sea issues was of important significance for the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea and for the healthy and steady development of bilateral relations. In this spirit, they agreed to embark on the following tasks:
1. Establish working groups at the department level to negotiate on the delineation of the sea area outside the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf mouth and co-operate in jointly developing this area;
2. Establish working groups at the department level to co-operate in less sensitive sea domains, including sea environment protection, scientific research out at sea, search and rescue activities and mitigation of damage caused by natural calamities; and
3. Launch a hotline between the two foreign ministries to make timely exchanges and discussions for appropriate solutions to arising sea issues.
The Vietnamese delegation was warmly received by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Monday