Prime Minister holds phone conversation with Chinese counterpart
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh suggested Viet Nam and China work closely together to promote the two-way trade growth in a stable and balanced manner during his phone conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on September 19.
Phamr took the occasion to express thanks to the Chinese Government and people for donating millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses and medical equipment to help Viet Nam in its fight against the pandemic.
He suggested China create favorable conditions for customs clearance, expand imports, enhance market opening for Vietnamese farm produce, fully resume the operation of border gate pairs and improve the capacity of customs clearance, as well as take full advantages of opportunities brought from multilateral free trade agreements.
Pham also suggested China promote high quality investment in sectors in line with Viet Nam's sustainable development strategy, deal with existing issues in joint projects and soon open more commercial flights between the two nations.
The Vietnamese Prime Minister expected that China would foster collaboration with Viet Nam in effectively handling emerging challenges, ensure energy, food, water and cyber security and increase the sharing of experience in stabilizing macro-economy, controlling inflation and boosting economic growth.
He suggested both sides continue realizing three legal documents on Viet Nam-China land border and join hands in maintaining peace and stability, and addressing maritime issues in the spirit of common perceptions reached by their senior leaders and the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.
Pham stressed the need to accelerate negotiations on maritime issues, and settle disputes and differences via peaceful measures in accordance with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
For his part, the Chinese Premier suggested both sides enhance strategic connectivity and foster economic-trade-investment ties, particularly in manufacturing and agriculture and maintenance of supply and manufacturing chains.
China is willing to resume people-to-people exchange activities, welcome Vietnamese students to return to China and increase the frequency of commercial flights between the two nations, Li stated.
Both sides pledged to implement common important perceptions reached during recent talks between Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, with a view to upgrading Viet Nam–China ties to a new development period with higher political trust and more effective and practical cooperation.
The two sides agreed to strengthen delegation exchanges at all levels, particularly high-level visits and facilitate travelling between their peoples.
Regarding territorial border issues, they vowed to continue maintaining channels for effective discussions on land border and sea issues, properly settle differences and maintain common peace and stability.
The two Prime Ministers pledged to direct both sides to continue upholding mechanisms about negotiations on demarcation and cooperation at sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea together with ASEAN member states, toward reaching a practical, effective and efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea in line with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS./.