Lang Son Province to Boost Its Roles In Two--Country Economic Cooperation: Interviews Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam

1:33:35 PM | 12/7/2006

In recent years, the Vietnam-China bilateral relation is further developed, especially two countries have agreed to build and operate Vietnam-China Economic Corridor (Kunming-Lao Cai-Hanoi-Haiphong and Nanning-Lang Son-Haiphong). Can you brief economic development situations of this corridor and roles of the Nanning-Lang Son-Haiphong economic corridor to the economic development of the two countries?
In recent years, the Vietnam-China relation has developed actively with the guideline philosophy of “Long stability, future forwardness, neighbourhood friendship and overall cooperation.” Leaders of the two countries have regularly paid mutual visits, increasing political reliability. Border issues have been gradually resolved and have created a better face in the two-country cooperation, especially economic and trade cooperation. The two-way trade has stepped into a new phase. According to Chinese statistics, the bilateral trade revenues in 2005 were US$8.19 billion, making China become the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the second consecutive year, and according to the Vietnamese statistics, the two-side trade turnover was US$8.83 billion. The relations in investment, construction, human resource training, and international work settlement was brought to a new high. Generally, the China-Vietnam relationship was won the people’s heart and is developing on the right track.
The “two corridor one belt” cooperation mode is a first trial of the two countries to plan and develop border zone economic and trade cooperation. This is an important step in economic development and border zone stability maintenance as well as a commitment to the regional cooperation pacts like 10+1, 10+3, GMS and WTO. At present, border provinces of the two nations have supplemented its trade and economic structure deficiency. The two sides have a huge cooperation potentialit. The objective of the “two corridor one belt” cooperation mode is to narrow the gap between border provinces and faciliate enterprises of the two countries and other nations to do business.

For the time being, enterprises of the two nations can cooperate in transportation, natural resource outsourcing, electricity generation, border gate construction, trade and investment facilitation. The easy fields will be done first, then the more difficult ones, to pull up the development tof other sectors. The central and local governments of China and Vietnam will support and assist in terms of policies, capital, information, human resource training and others.
We believe that the Nanning-Lang Son-Hanoi-Haiphong economic cooperation corridor will boost up the economic development of the border zone, including Lang Son, and along roads. Then, the Vietnam-China relationship will be further diversified to increase mutual benefits and bring in prosperity.
How do you assess the development situation of Vietnam in general and Lang Son in particular in recent years and the Vietnam-China economic cooperation prospect, especially after Vietnam becomes the full member of the WTO?
Since Vietnam implements the open-door policy, under the sound leadership of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Vietnam enjoys a political stability, social security, quick economic development and expansive foreign diplomatic relation. The position of Vietnam on the international arena is brought to a new high. Its industry, agriculture and service sector have breakthrough developments and the people’s living standards are increasingly improved. We are very happy to see outstanding achievements made by the Vietnamese Government and its People in the renovation era.
Lang Son is one of the border provinces adjacent to China and lies on the Nanning-Lang Son-Hanoi-Haiphong economic cooperation corridor. With favourable locations, copious natural resources, border trading scopes and economic cooperation have been ceaselessly expanded and reinforced. We believe that Lang Son Province will promote its increasingly more important role in the economic and trade cooperation between the two nations, especially in border areas.
Vietnam and China shares the borderline, many cultural routines and mutual benefits. The two countries expose absolute advantages in the cooperation of trade, investment, construction and technology. In the future, Vietnam and China should proceed from long-termed strategic high, continue practical cooperation, ceaselessly exploit potentiality, expand exchange and bring practical benefits to the people of the two nations.
Currently, Vietnam has concluded bilateral negotiations with needed members of the WTO and will join this organisation in the near future. I feel very happy about this and would like to send warm congratulations. After Vietnam’s admission to the WTO, the China-Vietnam economic and trade relation will have wider rooms and develop in more fields. Both Vietnam and China are developing countries. In the future, the two sides should continue closely coordinate and honestly cooperate to maintain the multilateral trade mechanism of the WTO and to maintain interests for majority of peoples in developing countries.
In spite of checked avian flu, this epidemic is still of great concerns of all countries because they fear of border-cross infection. Could you please reveal cooperation between Vietnam and China in keeping this contagious virus at border?
In recent years, the avian flu has seriously negative impacts on socio-economic development in many countries but killed many lives and threatened regional and global security and stability. The effective prevention of this virus has become a task of the community.
Both China and Vietnam heavily suffered from the pandemic. The two countries have closely joined hands in preventing it, issuing timely warns and situation information to other side, applying effective measures and preventing the transmission of this virus to either country. This link had generated great achievements. China strived to help Vietnam with capital, material and techniques. After that, China expressed its hopes to train technicians for ASEAN countries, including Vietnam. China pledged to go hand in hand with Vietnam in contagious disease investigation, initial clinical diagnosis, treatment, vaccination and drug production.
How do you assess the position of Vietnam in the economic cooperation policy between China and ASEAN countries?
China and ASEAN countries have developed a dialogue relation for 15 years. The two sides continually increase mutual political reliability, dialogues and exchanges. China always treasures the development of the relationship with its neighbours, especially ASEAN and Vietnam. China will follow the philosophy “friendliness with neighbours and partnership with neighbours” and the policy “Harmony with neighbours, smooth business with neighbours and mutual enrichment with neighbours” to build a stronger relationship with strategic partners. Vietnam is a member of the ASEAN and is a neighbour of China. I hope and believe Vietnam will promote its increasingly important roles in building the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.