President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Sen. Lt. Gen. Wei Fenghe, Chinese State Councillor and Minister of National Defence, at the meeting in Hanoi on April 26 (Photo: VNA)
– President Nguyen Xuan
Phuc received the visiting Chinese State Councillor and Minister of National
Defence, Sen. Lt. Gen. Wei Fenghe, in Hanoi on April 26.
Welcoming Wei and the high-ranking military
delegation from China, President Phuc expressed his belief that the official
visit will positively contribute to the two countries’ relations.
He highly valued the outcomes of the talks
between the Vietnamese and Chinese ministers of national defence, noting that
the successful cooperation between the two armies will further promote the
sound traditional friendship between the two Parties and the two countries,
including between their defence ministries, for the sake of the two peoples and
for peace, stability, cooperation, and development in each nation, along with
the region and the world as a whole.
Minister Wei said his delegation’s trip to
Vietnam reflects the importance that the Chinese Party and State attach to the
relations with Vietnam, and it also aims to strengthen the two armies’
multifaceted ties in an increasingly substantive manner.
Talking about the outcomes of his talks with his
Vietnamese counterpart Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang, he said the two sides
agreed on many cooperation aspects so as to help foster the friendship and
comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the countries.
The official emphasised that China and Vietnam
share many similarities, and many achievements have been recorded in bilateral
relations, including the ties between the defence ministries.
China and Vietnam boast special and time-tested
relations which need to be further treasured and brought into play in the time
ahead, he said, voicing his belief that Vietnam will definitely harvest even
greater successes in socio-economic development.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes the Chinese Minister of National Defence, Sen. Lt. Gen. Wei Fenghe, in Hanoi on April 26 (Photo: VNA)
President Phuc congratulated China on its socio-economic achievements
under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.
said that the two countries’ Party and State leaders have maintained exchanges
and achieved important perceptions.
attaches importance to developing its comprehensive strategic cooperative
partnership with China in a healthy, stable, sustainable and long-term manner
and for win-win cooperation, he stated, adding that Vietnam backs China’s
development and more active and substantial contributions to peace, stability
and development in the region and the world.
Vietnamese State leader acknowledged and appreciated the development of
relations between the two countries’ ministries, sectors and localities, thus
bringing about benefits to each side, especially provinces along the shared
welcomes the comprehensive development of the bilateral defence cooperation,
which has contributed to the Vietnam-China relations, citing as an example the
successful organisation of defence dialogue activities most recently.
Phuc stressed that amidst complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic,
both nations have well controlled the pandemic and facilitated two-way trade,
helping it reach a record high of 133 billion USD in 2020 – a year-on-year
increase of 14 percent.
suggested the two sides carry out more measures to boost trade growth in the
time to come.
also expressed his hope that the two armies will continue building strategic
trust, working together to make defence cooperation maintain a pillar in the
bilateral relations, and implementing signed cooperation documents and existing
mechanisms fully and effectively.
is necessary to intensify collaboration between the armies’ political agencies
and step up communication work on bilateral friendships and traditions so as to
prevent hostile forces from undermining the ties.
Vietnamese leader spoke highly of the two Defence Ministries’ determination to
create a peaceful atmosphere between the two countries in general and at the
East Sea in particular. He affirmed that the substantial cooperation and the
maintenance of a peaceful environment on the sea are favourable conditions for
authorised agencies to conduct dialogues and handle existing issues, especially
those related to the sea.
also took the occasion to convey his thanks to Chinese Party General Secretary
and President Xi Jinping for extending congratulations on his election as the
State President of Vietnam./.