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Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli meets Vietnamese leaders

Updated: Jul 18,2015 9:54 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on July 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on July 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

HANOI -- Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang here on July 17, and both sides pledged to further carry forward traditional friendship between the two countries.

Zhang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the traditional friendship was forged and nurtured by late Chinese leader Mao Zedong and late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, which “is an invaluable asset of the two parties and the peoples of the two countries.”

Hailing the development of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two nations, Zhang said it is in the fundamental interests of the two parties, two countries and two peoples to cement the traditional friendship between the two countries.

Zhang said China stands ready to work with Vietnam to jointly cherish and safeguard the friendship, substantially enhance mutual trust and continuously boost comprehensive strategic cooperation.

Zhang suggested the two sides earnestly advance the ongoing joint projects and continue expanding bilateral cooperation.

President Sang, for his part, said Zhang’s visit is of great significance to build up political trust and boost practical cooperation between the two countries.

He expressed the hope that the two sides make joint efforts to implement the consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries, boost cooperation in various fields so as to advance their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in an enduring and stable way.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli meets with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), in Hanoi on July 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli meets with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), in Hanoi on July 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhang also met with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) the same day, and both sides expressed willingness to fully implement consensus reached between their leaders.

Zhang said the two countries have been earnestly implementing the consensus reached between the CPV chief and Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, during Trong’s visit to China in April.

Zhang said the purpose of his Vietnam trip is to further implement the consensus by discussing with the Vietnamese side concrete measures to boost strategic communication, political trust, practical cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.

Zhang said the development of the state-to-state relationship, as well as the party-to-party cooperation, helps to consolidate the parties’ status, advance their socialist undertakings and promote peace and stability in the region.

During the meeting, Zhang congratulated the Vietnamese side on its progress under the leadership of the CPV and also proposed the two sides upgrade their cooperation, conjoin their development strategies so as to attain more win-win results.

Hailing the significance of Zhang’s visit as the two countries celebrate the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, Trong, for his part, said he himself and the CPV Central Committee attach great importance to the friendship and partnership with China.

Trong said he is happy to see China’s achievements of reform and opening up as well as its important contribution to regional and global peace and development.

Recalling his visits to China and phone conversations with General Secretary Xi, Trong said the two party leaders have reached extensive consensus on the development of the relationship between the two parties as well as the two nations and it demonstrates their confidence and determination to get along well with each other from generation to generation.

Earlier on July 17, Zhang visited the construction site of the Vietnam-China Friendship Palace, expecting the building, once completed, to work as a platform to help cement bilateral friendship.

Zhang arrived in Hanoi on July 16 for an official visit at the invitation of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee.

Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, attended the events in Hanoi.

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