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Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui Holds a Video Conference with Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Lê Hoài Trung

2020/05/29

On May 29, 2020, Vice Foreign Minister and Chinese Secretary-General of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation Luo Zhaohui held a video conference with Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Secretary-General of the Steering Committee Lê Hoài Trung, exchanging in-depth views on the relationship between China and Vietnam and cooperation between the two countries against COVID-19.

Both sides spoke positively of the positive progress achieved in the relationship between China and Vietnam since last year, and believed that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam, and the relationship between the two Parties and the two countries has entered a critical period that builds on the past and prepares for the future. General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and General Secretary and President Nguyễn Phú Trọng held a telephone conversation and exchanged congratulatory messages on the establishment of diplomatic relations before the Spring Festival, which charted the course for China-Vietnam relations in the new era. In line with the strategic consensus of the top leaders, both sides should maintain exchanges at the top and various levels in a flexible and diverse manner, solidly promote cooperation in major strategic areas such as aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” plan, and organize and implement the proposed commemoration of diplomatic relations in an orderly manner, so as to elevate the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries to a new height.

Both sides believed that under the strong leadership and personal command of the top leaders of the two Parties and the two countries, China and Vietnam have achieved major strategic results in COVID-19 response. Going forward, both sides should continue to work together hand-in-hand and help each other to coordinate the disease prevent and control with the resumption of work and production. Taking public health prevention and control cooperation as an important part of the comprehensive strategic cooperation between China and Vietnam in the future, both sides will engage in exchanges via governments, scientific research institutions and enterprises. Both sides will strengthen border management and collective response, discuss the opening and improvement of a “fast lane” for personnel exchanges and a “green channel” for cargo transportation, keep the supply and industrial chains unimpeded, and gradually realize the normalization of two-way personnel exchanges.

The Chinese side positively evaluated Vietnam and its contributions as the rotating presidency of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to the preparations for the Special ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea Summit on COVID-19 Response and the Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on COVID-19, and to the promotion of regional anti-epidemic cooperation. Both sides should focus on the objective needs of resuming work and production and boosting the economy in the future, and revitalize our respective and regional economic activities. Both sides also need to aim for a higher standard of regional economic cooperation, adhere to multilateralism and free trade, discuss new cooperation formats in the context of the normalization of epidemic prevention and control, send outside a positive message that countries in the region are sharing weal and woe and will overcome current difficulties, and provide new ideas and new models for international cooperation in COVID-19 containment.

Both sides believed that maintaining peace and stability at sea is of great significance to the development of bilateral relations. Acting on the high-level consensus between the two Parties and the two countries and the Agreement on the Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Sea-related Issues between China and Vietnam, both sides should bear in mind the general picture and the long-term interests, properly handle existing differences, steadily advance maritime cooperation and jointly create a sound atmosphere for the sustained and sound development of bilateral relations.

The Chinese side briefed the Vietnamese side on the decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security approved by the National People’s Congress of China. The Vietnamese side warmly congratulated China on the successful closing of the “two sessions”, reiterated its support for China’s “one country, two systems”, and believed that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. The Chinese side appreciated such gestures.

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