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Xi Jinping and Le Hong Anh Jointly Meet with the Youth Representatives of China and Vietnam

On Dec. 22, 2011, the visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is also the member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Le Hong Anh, permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, together met with the youth representatives attending the 12th China-Vietnam Youth Friendship Meeting at Hanoi International Conference Center. About 500 youths and young pioneers from both China and Vietnam, waving the national flags of China and Vietnam, lined up at the front gate of the conference center to greet them. The children band played the joyful song of "Vietnam-China" to welcome the arrival of the Chinese delegation.

Xi Jinping gave a warm speech in the warm applause of the young people. He said the youth representatives of the two countries gathered together to renew the traditional friendship between the people and discuss the generational friendship between China and Vietnam, which concerns the long-term benefits of the people of the two countries, especially the youths.

Xi Jinping said that China and Vietnam are close neighbors. Achieving a lasting friendship between China and Vietnam is in line with the fundamental interests of the two countries and complies with the common aspirations of the people. It is the lofty historical responsibility and duty of the leaders of this generation, the people, especially the youths to take over the baton of China-Vietnam friendship and pass it on to future generations. "In the last two days, I had an in-depth exchange of views with the leaders of Vietnam on developing our friendly relations. We agreed that we should take out the political wisdom responsible for history, responsible for the people, and responsible for building a harmonious world and a harmonious Asia to consolidate good-neighborly friendship, deepen pragmatic cooperation and promote the healthy and stable development of our comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership."

Xi Jinping said that young people are full of vigor. The hope for the sustainable development and progress of China and Vietnam and the long-term good-neighborly friendship between China and Vietnam lies in the young people. He raised three expectations for the young people:

First, young people should become the inheritors of traditional friendship between China and Vietnam. President Ho Chi Minh once said that China and Vietnam are comrades and brothers. The young people should consciously take up the historical responsibility of passing on the traditional friendship and keep injecting their youthful vitality into the healthy and stable development of China-Vietnam friendship.

Second, young people should become the new forces promoting the friendly cooperation between China and Vietnam. The world is experiencing major development, great changes and significant adjustments. China and Vietnam are both in a critical stage of reform and innovation. Enhancing solidarity and deepening cooperation between the two countries is not only conducive to the development of the two countries, but also conducive to regional peace, stability and prosperity. Young people are important forces for driving national development and new forces for advancing China-Vietnam generational friendship. Young people should actively participate in and promote bilateral pragmatic cooperation in various fields and contribute their wisdom and strength to the enrichment of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Vietnam.

Third, young people should become the messengers of China-Vietnam generational friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 61 years ago, friendship and cooperation have always been the mainstream of China-Vietnam relations. The young people should learn more about the history of China-Vietnam friendship, visit each other more, and see each other more. The young people should view the bilateral relationship in an active and objective manner, sow more seeds of friendship, and build a solid bridge for the development and consolidation of China-Vietnam friendship with their practical actions.

Xi said that China-Vietnam friendship is ultimately all about the friendship between the people. The mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries is all about benefiting the people, especially the youth generation. As long as young people join hands and work together, the tree of China-Vietnam friendship will keep blooming and bearing fruit and China-Vietnam friendship can have deep roots in the hearts of the people.

Le Hong Anh made a speech on behalf of the Vietnamese party and government. He said that during the visit to Vietnam, Vice President Xi Jinping met with Vietnamese leaders and had an in-depth exchange of views with them on implementing the important consensus reached by the general secretaries of CPC and CPV and advancing the China-Vietnam relations. Vice President Xi's visit was productive and successful. It was of great significance to growing and consolidating the traditional friendship, enhancing mutual trust and promoting bilateral cooperation. The two sides should work together to give wide publicity to the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries and the value and vigor of China-Vietnam friendship and cooperation and push the two countries to learn from each other and achieve common progress. He also encouraged the young people of the two countries to earnestly fulfill the historical mission of carrying on the friendship between Vietnam and China and make contributions to creating the bright future of bilateral relations so that the Vietnam-China friendship can be passed on from generation to generation and last forever.

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