Xi Jinping Holds Talks with General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng
Both Sides Agree to Join Hands, Pursue Common Development and Constantly Open up New Situation for China-Vietnam Relations
On November 12, 2017, local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping held talks with General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyễn Phú Trọng at the headquarters of the CPV Central Committee in Hanoi. Both sides spoke positively of each other's development achievements and agreed to inherit, maintain and carry forward China-Vietnam traditional friendship, firmly uphold friendly policies toward each other and promote bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation for better development in order to deliver more tangible benefits to both countries and peoples.
Xi Jinping and Nguyễn Phú Trọng respectively introduced the 19th CPC National Congress as well as the causes of the CPV and Vietnam.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and Vietnam are good neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, good friends that share weal and woe, good comrades that cherish the same ideal and good partners that witness win-win cooperation. Over the 67 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam, bilateral traditional friendship forged and cultivated by Chairman Mao Zedong, President Hồ Chí Minh and other leaders of older generations have been constantly consolidated and carried forward. Since the beginning of this year, China-Vietnam relations have achieved positive progress with close high-level exchanges between the two countries and parties as well as constantly deepened cooperation in all fields. At present, both China and Vietnam are at a pivotal stage for reform and development and facing rare historic opportunities for the construction cause of each other and development of bilateral relations. Both sides should give priority to the overall situation of relations between both countries and parties, bear in mind the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and carry forward the fine tradition of standing together through thick and thin, so as to constantly open up new situation for China-Vietnam relations and work in unison to pursue common development on the way ahead.
Xi Jinping congratulated on Vietnam's great achievements in all areas over 30 years since its renovation and opening up. Xi Jinping stressed that it is believed under the strong leadership of the CPV Central Committee with General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng as its head, people in Vietnam as our sisters and brothers will definitely forge a brighter future for socialist construction cause.
Nguyễn Phú Trọng expressed his heartfelt congratulations on the complete success of the 19th CPC National Congress, congratulated Xi Jinping on his re-election as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and on the establishment of his core leadership for the CPC. Nguyễn Phú Trọng said that Vietnam thanks China for its tremendous help to Vietnam's national liberation and development, and supports China in playing a greater role in international and regional affairs. Vietnam speaks highly of China's achievements in economic and social development as well as its positive contributions to regional development, and welcomes Xi Jinping's proposal on building a community with shared future for mankind which is regarded as a reflection of China's global vision and responsibility as a major country. Vietnam is willing to work with China to deepen bilateral traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership so as to benefit the two peoples and promote regional peace and prosperity.
Xi Jinping and Nguyễn Phú Trọng reached important consensus on deepening China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new situation. They agreed that China and Vietnam are neighbors with a tradition of time-honored friendship, and are both socialist countries under the leadership of the Communist Party with the same political system, similar development path and shared future and destiny. The two sides should learn from each other, seek common development, inject new vitality into their own socialist construction causes, and promote the sustained, sound and steady development of China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership so as to make positive contributions to promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity.
The two sides agreed to maintain and strengthen the good tradition of high-level exchanges, firmly uphold friendly policies toward each other, strengthen strategic communication, enhance political mutual trust and properly handle differences so as to lead China-Vietnam relations to a right direction. They agreed to deepen inter-party exchanges, give play to the unique advantages of China-Vietnam relations, and intensify exchanges on experience in party governance and state administration. They agreed to make full use of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, and strengthen exchanges and cooperation at all levels between various departments such as diplomacy, national defense, public security and security.
The two sides agreed to earnestly implement the cooperative document on jointly building the "Belt and Road" and "Two Corridors and One Economic Circle", promote regional economic links and connectivity, promote cooperation for constant and practical progress in such fields as economy, trade, production capacity, investment, infrastructure construction, currency and finance, steadily push forward the construction of cross-border economic cooperation zones, and strengthen cooperation in fields such as agriculture, environment, technology and transportation.
The two sides agreed to expand cooperation in such fields as culture, education, media, health, youth, locality and tourism, promote an early opening of the Hanoi China Culture Center and the Vietnam-China Friendship Palace, and successfully organize activities for non-governmental exchanges to consolidate the public opinion foundation for China-Vietnam friendship.
The two sides agreed to follow the important consensus reached by leaders of the two parties and countries, properly handle maritime issues and steadily promote maritime cooperation in various forms including joint development so as to jointly stay committed to maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.
The two sides agreed to enhance coordination within international and regional frameworks such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Asia-Europe Meeting, the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation. China congratulated Vietnam on its successful hosting of the 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, and expressed its willingness to work with all parties including Vietnam to make positive contributions to promoting regional economic integration in Asia-Pacific as well as advancing regional development and prosperity.
After the talks, the leaders of the two countries witnessed the signing of the memorandum on cooperation in jointly building the "Belt and Road" and "Two Corridors and One Economic Circle" as well as cooperative documents on production capacity, energy, cross-border economic cooperation zones, e-commerce, human resource, economy, trade, finance, culture, health, news, social science, frontier defense and other fields.
Prior to the talks, Nguyễn Phú Trọng held a grand welcome ceremony at the square of the Presidential Palace. Outside the square, local people in national costumes gathered to welcome Xi Jinping. When arriving by car, Vietnam children warmly received Xi Jinping, waving the national flags of China and Vietnam. Nguyễn Phú Trọng greeted Xi Jinping at the parking area, and Vietnamese children presented flowers to Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping and Nguyễn Phú Trọng stepped on the reviewing stand. The military band played the national anthems of China and Vietnam, and a 21-gun salute was fired. Accompanied by Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Xi Jinping reviewed the honor guard. All members of the honor guard saluted with "Wish General Secretaries health" in Vietnamese. Xi Jinping shook hands with Vietnamese delegation members, and Nguyễn Phú Trọng shook hands with Chinese delegation members. Xi Jinping and Nguyễn Phú Trọng returned to the reviewing stand and watched the march-past. When leaders of the two countries left for the headquarters of the CPV Central Committee, Vietnamese young people scattered petals to show their hospitality.
Ding Xuexiang, Liu He, Yang Jiechi and others attended the above activities. The attendees of these activities from Vietnam included Member of the Political Bureau of the CPV Central Committee, Permanent Member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee and Chairman of the CPV Central Committee's Inspection Commission Trần Quốc Vượng, Member of the Political Bureau of CPV Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee and Head of Commission for Organization of the CPV Central Committee Phạm Minh Chính, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPV Central Committee, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPV Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee and Head of the Commission for Popularization and Education of the CPV Central Committee Võ Văn Thưởng, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPV Central Committee and Minister of National Defense Ngô Xuân Lịch, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPV Central Committee and Minister of Public Security Tô Lâm, Member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee and Head of the CPV Central Committee Office Nguyễn Văn Nên and heads of relevant government departments of Vietnam.