Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attends the ASEAN - China special summit via videoconference on November 22 (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has said Vietnam will keep doing its utmost to
help develop the ASEAN - China relations on par with their comprehensive
The Government leader made
the remark at the ASEAN - China special summit to
commemorate the 30th anniversary of bilateral dialogue relations which was held virtually on November 22.
He affirmed that the
comprehensive strategic partnership that ASEAN and China established recently
is a demonstration of their cooperation achievements over the last 30 years, on
the basis of political trust, friendly and comprehensive cooperation, and
mutual respect and understanding.
He held that ASEAN and China
should continue enhancing strategic trust, promoting comprehensive cooperation,
and multiplying achievements towards higher goals and greater benefits for bilateral
Voicing his support for the
cooperation directions identified by ASEAN and Chinese leaders, PM Chinh
underlined the core factors of cooperation, which are jointly maintaining
peace, stability, and cooperation for development in an environment still full
of uncertainties; upholding attainments and further strengthening ties to
effectively cope with emerging global challenges, thus contributing to the
comprehensive, inclusive, prosperous, safe, and sustainable development of each
He stressed that to ensure peace, security, and
stability in the region, especially in the East Sea, it is necessary for
countries to boost dialogue, consolidate trust, comply with international law,
act responsibly, together exert more efforts to fully implement the Declaration
on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), keep stepping up the building
of an efficient and effective code of conduct (COC) that is in accordance with international
law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
He also expressed his hope
that ASEAN and China will soon restore and foster economic, trade, and
Leaders of ASEAN and China attend the special summit on November 22 (Photo: VNA)
The Vietnamese PM suggested
China create more favourable conditions for export items from ASEAN; ensure
trade balance; increase connectivity by investing in high technology,
innovation, infrastructure development, digital transformation, green growth,
sustainable development, climate change prevention; and resume people-to-people
Basing on the friendly
neighbourliness and traditional cooperation with China, Vietnam will keep doing
its utmost to help develop the ASEAN - China relations on a par with their comprehensive
strategic partnership, and significantly contribute to regional and global
peace, security, stability, cooperation, and sustainable development, thereby
bringing about practical benefits to each country, ensuring prosperity and
happiness for all people, and leaving no one behind, the PM added.
At the summit, ASEAN leaders
highly valued the first-ever participation in an ASEAN - China summit by General
Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of the country Xi
Jinping, which showed the top Chinese leader’s attention to ASEAN and the
enhancement of bilateral ties.
Applauding the major achievements
since 1991, the two sides described the ASEAN - China relations as mutually
beneficial, dynamic, and substantive, and that the establishment of the ASEAN -
China comprehensive strategic partnership illustrates the important outcomes in
their all-round cooperation over the last 30 years.
The Chinese leader affirmed
that his country consistently views ASEAN as a focus of its neighbourhood foreign
policy and supports the bloc’s centrality and growing stature in the region and
Discussing the regional and
international situation, participants agreed to jointly build the East Sea into
a sea of peace, security, stability, and cooperation. They emphasised the
importance of building trust, respecting international law, including the 1982
UNCLOS, and resolving disputes by peaceful means.
They pledged to fully and
effectively implement the DOC and promote the building of an effective and
substantive COC that is in line with international law and the 1982 UNCLOS.
At the end of the event, ASEAN and China leaders adopted a joint statement of the summit./.