Vietnam Prioritizes the Advancement of Relations with China

8:35:42 AM | 12/27/2023

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong emphasized that Vietnam considers the development of relations with China a top priority and a strategic choice. He also expressed support for China’s strong development, which will make significant contributions to the cause of peace and progress of mankind.


General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hosts a ceremonial welcome for China's Communist Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping

Responding to the invitation extended by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, accompanied by his spouse, embarked on a state visit to Vietnam spanning December 12-13, 2023.

Expressing joy and extending a warm welcome, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, along with his delegation of high-ranking Chinese Party officials. He highlighted the significance of Xi's third visit to Vietnam, coinciding with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership (2008-2023). This, according to General Secretary Trong, signifies Xi's special regard for the traditional friendship, current status of bilateral relations, and promising outlook for further collaboration.

General Secretary Trong believed that this visit will be a new historical milestone, propelling bilateral relations to unprecedented heights. He envisioned the visit as a reflection of the shared aspirations and mutual interests of the two peoples, contributing to regional and global peace, cooperation and development.

General Secretary Trong stated that Vietnam's consistent foreign policy, as defined by the Party and State, rests on the principles of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation, development, and the diversification and multilateralization of foreign relations. He emphasized the steadfast commitment to the "4 No's" defense policy and active, comprehensive, and intensive integration, positioning Vietnam as a trusted partner and an active, responsible member within the international community.


General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and General Secretary and President Xi Jinping

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong emphasized that Vietnam considers the development of relations with China as a top priority and a strategic choice. He supported China’s strong development, which will make significant contributions to the cause of peace and progress of mankind. He also expressed his appreciation for the Chinese people’s assistance to the revolutionary cause, and the socialist construction and national development of Vietnam.

In response, General Secretary and President Xi Jinping warmly congratulated Vietnam on its accomplishments over nearly four decades of reform, particularly the noteworthy outcomes stemming from the implementation of the resolution of the 13th National CPV Congress. Recognizing the synergy and heightened international influence under Vietnam's leadership, President Xi expressed confidence that, guided by the strong leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and General Secretary Trong, Vietnam will successfully attain the major goals outlined by the 13th National CPV Congress. This, he believes, will lay a crucial foundation for the realization of the two 100-year goals set forth by the Congress.

President Xi conveyed the high regard in which China holds its relationship with Vietnam, considering it a priority within China's neighboring foreign policy. He affirmed China's steadfast support for Vietnam's socialist development and the well-being of its citizens. Reflecting on the recent visit by CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to the Huu Nghi International Border Gate and the tree-planting event, President Xi underscored these activities as a testament to the mutual trust in the bilateral relations between the two nations and their peoples.

The two leaders conducted a review of the development process of the relations between the two Parties and countries, acknowledging the roots of this friendship established, cultivated, and nurtured by President Ho Chi Minh and Chairman Mao Zedong, along with their predecessors. Recognizing this historical connection as a precious asset for both nations, the leaders underscored the imperative of its continuous inheritance and promotion. Evaluating the 15-year span since the establishment of the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership in 2008, guided by the principles of "friendly neighborliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability, and future-oriented thinking," as well as the spirit of "good neighbors, good friends, good comrades, good partners," both leaders highlighted positive and comprehensive cooperation across various fields. The relationship has consistently expanded and strengthened.


President Vo Van Thuong holds talks with General Secretary and President Xi Jinping

In light of the achievements and new requirements, the leaders jointly resolved to construct a community with shared future that carries strategic significance. This vision aspires to contribute to the well-being of both nations, global peace, and human progress, in adherence to the United Nations Charter and international law. Guided by the principles of mutual respect, equal cooperation for mutual benefit, and respect for each other's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the commitment was reiterated to peacefully resolve disagreements.

Aligning with the outlined orientations and principles, both sides committed to intensify political trust, bolster high-level exchanges between high-ranking leaders of the two Parties and countries using diverse and flexible approaches, and leverage the strategic guiding role of Party relations in the broader bilateral context. Emphasizing the importance of defense and security cooperation as a pillar of bilateral relations, the leaders affirmed their dedication to fostering more sustainable and profound economic, trade, and investment collaboration. Additionally, they underscored the need for enhanced education on the traditional relations between the two Parties and countries, aiming to construct a more robust societal foundation for bilateral relations. The commitment to closer multilateral coordination was also affirmed, with the intention to contribute positively to the common interests of both nations and the international community.

In addressing maritime concerns, the two leaders engaged in a candid and forthright exchange, highlighting the imperative of enhancing control and actively resolving disagreements at sea to uphold peace and stability in the East Sea and the region. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong advocated the effective implementation of shared high-level perceptions, mutual respect for legitimate interests, and the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law. This includes adherence to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), the application of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and the promotion of a Code of Conduct (COC) in alignment with UNCLOS 1982.

During the state visit to Vietnam by General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping, a total of 36 cooperation agreements spanning diverse sectors were formally signed by relevant agencies, ministries, and local authorities from both nations. 

During the talks, the leaders delved into an extensive discussion of various international and regional issues of mutual concern. General Secretary Trong emphasized the critical nature of countries pursuing policies of peace, cooperation, and development, underpinned by a commitment to international law, equality, and the legal interests of each nation. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of resolving differences through peaceful means, devoid of threats or the use of force, in the realm of international cooperation. The leaders mutually emphasized cooperation for mutual development and coordination in responding to both traditional and non-traditional security challenges.

General Secretary and President of China, Xi Jinping, concurred with the viewpoints by General Secretary Trong. He emphasized the necessity for both sides to propel the Vietnam-China relationship toward robust, stable, sustainable, and more effective development within the framework of the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum