Vietnam considers relations with China one of the top priorities: PM

Vietnam always attaches importance to developing the friendly, stable, healthy and sustainable relationship with China, considering this one of the top priorities in the country's foreign policy, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the statement at a meeting with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping in Shanghai on Sunday as part of his trip to China to attend the first International Import Expo of China. PM Phuc called for joint efforts to maintain high-level visits and meetings, increase mutual political trust, promote important cooperation mechanisms between the two Parties and countries, further utilise potential of each side and boost cooperation in areas that make practical progress.

He suggested the Chinese side make it easy for Vietnamese goods to enter its market, and devise practical policies and measures to reduce Vietnam's big trade deficit, towards promoting stable and sustainable growth of bilateral trade.

Regarding the sea-related issue, the Vietnamese Government leader applauded positive results of negotiation and cooperation mechanisms in less sensitive areas at sea between the two countries, as well as initial progresses in pragmatic negotiation for the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between ASEAN and China recently.

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping affirmed the Chinese Party and State always treasure ties with Vietnam, and agree to maintain high-level contacts to bolster political understanding and foster all-round cooperation in a practical manner with the Southeast Asian country. Mr. Xi stated that China will import more goods from Vietnam to sustainably balance trade with the neighboring country.

Source: VOV5