Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (R) and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Hanoi on September 11 (Photo: VNA)
- Vietnamese Minister of
Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Chinese State Councillor and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Wang Yi held talks in Hanoi on September 11, discussing ways to
promote the countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
The two sides applauded the recent strides in the Vietnam
- China relations, stressing that the frequent meetings in flexible forms
between senior leaders of the countries’ Parties and States since the beginning
of 2021 have mapped out major orientations for bilateral cooperation and
created an important driving force for exchanges and cooperation in various fields.
They agreed that amid the complex and considerably changing
international situation, Vietnam and China’s enhancement of political trust and
comprehensive cooperation matches the fundamental and long-term interests of
both the peoples.
In the time ahead, the two foreign ministries will keep working
closely to advise the countries’ leaders in increasing contact; stepping up friendship
exchanges and all-round cooperation at all levels between sectors, localities,
and peoples; tightening links in economy, trade, and the areas for which both
sides hold potential, especially in infrastructure building and transport
projects connecting the two countries; and bolstering the exchange of opinions
about and mutual support in multilateral issues and at multilateral
The officials discussed specific measures to enhance bilateral coordination in COVID-19 prevention and control and maintenance of trading and economic
FM Son thanked the Chinese
Government for providing Vietnam with an additional 3 million doses of COVID-19
vaccine. He expressed his hope that the two countries will keep strengthening
ties in the COVID-19 combat, particularly in terms of vaccine.
The talks between Foreign Ministers Bui Thanh Son and Wang Yi in Hanoi on September 11 (Photo: VNA)
The host asked China to provide favourable customs
clearance procedures for Vietnamese goods, especially farm produce, at border
gates and permit more fruits from Vietnam to be exported via official channels
to China, thus helping to balance bilateral trade and sustain their supply and
He also called for coordination to speed up joint
projects such as the Cat Linh - Ha Dong urban railway project in Hanoi and some
others on social welfare funded by China.
At the talks, the two sides gave open and straightforward
opinions about border and territorial issues. They suggested detailed measures
for land border management on the basis of reached agreements and legal documents
on border, especially keeping close coordination among the mechanisms of the Land
Border Joint Committee and localities so as to share information and handle emerging issues in a timely manner.
The ministers agreed to continue seriously complying with the common
perceptions reached between senior Vietnamese and Chinese leaders, controlling
sea-related disputes well, jointly maintaining peace and stability in the East
Sea, and together with ASEAN countries stepping up negotiations to soon attain
an efficient, effective, and substantive Code of Conduct in the East Sea that
is in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention
on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Minister Son emphasised the need to respect the rights and legitimate interests
of coastal countries in conformity with international law, including the 1982
The two officials also highly valued the increasingly fruitful cooperation
between the two foreign ministries, agreeing to intensify the collaboration
between the ministries’ agencies./.