Vietnam and China have agreed to lift their bilateral ties to a new height, becoming comprehensive and strategic cooperative partners.
The agreement was reached during talks held between Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary and State President Hu Jintao in Beijing on May 30.
The talks took place after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.
General Secretary and President Hu Jintao described General Secretary Manh’s visit as a significant event in the relationship of the two parties and the two countries and said it will have broad and positive impact on the development of the Vietnam-China ties in the renewal period as well as peace and development in the region and the world.
The Chinese Party and State leader spoke highly of the achievements the CPV and the Vietnamese people have made during the past 20 years of renewal.
He thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their assistance to earthquake victims in Sichuan .
General Secretary Manh offered his sympathy for human and property losses caused by the recent earthquake in Sichuan and said he believed the Chinese people would quickly overcome the aftermaths of the natural disaster and stabilise their lives.
Mr. Manh spoke highly of China’s preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and said Vietnam will continue supporting China ’s bids to successfully organise the sports event.
The two Party leaders spoke of their pleasure at the achievements Vietnam and China have made in friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation in recent years.
They affirmed the Vietnam-China traditional friendship is precious to the two parties, two states and peoples and it should be maintained and promoted.
The two sides agreed to push up relations between the two parties and the two countries to a new height to become comprehensive and strategic cooperative partners in line with the motto “friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability and looking towards the future” and in the spirit of good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners.
The two sides will further support and assist each other, increase mutual trust and boost cooperation for mutual benefit and development, they said.
They also agreed to increase their coordination in international and regional works and jointly promote peace and prosperity in Asia and the world.
The two sides stressed they would continue maintaining traditional meetings between high-ranking leaders of the two Parties and the two countries.
They also agreed to intensify the steering and coordinating role of the Vietnam-China Bilateral Cooperation Steering Committee and to build an exchange and cooperation mechanism between concerned agencies of the two Parties.
The two sides pledged to increase exchanges of theoretical and practical experience on socialism as well as on managing the country and building the Party as well as boost cooperation in training for officials of the two Parties and States and foster an effective cooperation mechanism between foreign ministries and agencies, national defence, public security and security forces.
Expansion of cooperation in economy, trade, science and technology and education was also approved by China and Vietnam alongside strong implementation of exchanges between young people, mass organisations and people’s organisations of the two countries.
They said they would hold joint activities to educate and raise public awareness of the traditional friendship between the two peoples.
The two sides expressed their delight at the development of the two countries’ trade-economic cooperation in recent years and agreed to continue pushing the implementation of an agreement on expanding bilateral economic cooperation and to soon discuss, sign and effectively implement a five-year economic cooperation development plan between Vietnam and China, as well as define key cooperation sectors and projects.
The two sides agreed, on the basis of mutual support and interests, to actively seek new areas of cooperation to boost commercial growth and keep increasing two-way trade turnover; and improve trade structure for a balanced development of bilateral trade.
They also said they would actively support and encourage businesses of the two countries to engage in long-term cooperation in infrastructure, manufacturing, human resources development, energy, minerals process and other key areas.
They affirmed to foster cooperation within economic mechanisms in the region, inter-region and the world at large.
The two sides affirmed they will step-by-step reasonably solve historical matters relating to the border and expressed their pleasure at the basic completion of border demarcation and landmark planting.
They agreed to tighten cooperation to solve outstanding matters and accelerate work to obtain the target of fully completing landmark planting on the two countries’ borderline in 2008 and sign a new document on border management regulations in order to build a borderline of peace, friendship and cooperation.
The two sides pledged to continue to implement agreements on cooperation in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf and instruct relevant agencies of the two countries to implement common awareness concerning the area off the Bac Bo Gulf and East Sea.
The Vietnamese side affirmed its consistent one China policy and support for the major cause of China unification and resolutely rejected activities targeting an independent Taiwan in any form. Vietnam said it will not develop any official relations with Taiwan and the Chinese side welcomed Vietnam’s stand.
The two sides said they were pleased at the two countries’ cooperation in international and regional affairs, and stressed they will continue to promote bilateral cooperation in multilateral forums like the UN, APEC, ASEM, and China-ASEAN, and will join efforts to protect peace and stability, promoting prosperity and development in the region and the world.
General Secretary Manh invited General Secretary Hu Jintao to visit Vietnam again as soon as possible. General Secretary Hu accepted the invitation with pleasure.
After the high-level talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents, including agreements on cooperation in veterinary and animal quarantine, plant protection and plant quarantine, and a credit contract for a project to produce nitrogenous fertilizer from coal dust in Ninh Binh province.
Vietnam also handed over 200,000 USD worth of relief aid, including 150 canvas tents and 10,000 boxes of powder milk, for the victims of the recent earth quake in China’s Sichuan province.