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China treasures ties with Vietnam: top leader

Beijing, February 29 (VNA) – China attaches importance to its relations with Vietnam and is consistent in developing the ties sustainably, said Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping.

He made the statement on February 29 in Beijing while receiving Hoang Binh Quan, special envoy of Parry General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who came to informed the host of the outcomes of the 12th National Party Congress.

Xi expressed his hope that the two sides will strengthen political trust, maintain high-ranking delegation exchanges, boost strategic cooperation and people-to-people diplomacy, and well control disputes in order to develop the relationship between the two Parties and the two countries.

He also affirmed to back Vietnam in organising the APEC Summit 2017.

For his part, Quan, who is also head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, conveyed General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s message to the Chinese leader, thanking him for sending a congratulatory letter and a special envoy to congratulate the success of the 12th National Party Congress.

In his message, the Vietnamese Party chief hoped that the two sides consistently implement their senior leaders’ common perceptions, intensify exchanges and cooperation in all fields, maintain peace, stability and address sea-related issues satisfactorily, and enhance the Vietnam-China strategic cooperative partnership for stability and development of the two countries, and for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.

Quan affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State continually maintain their foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development while attaching importance to their friendship and comprehensive collaboration with the Chinese Party and State.

Earlier, the Vietnamese official held talks with Head of the Chinese Party Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Song Tao, during which they focused on measures to promote the bilateral ties in the time ahead, including intensifying high-level delegation and people-to-people exchanges and increasing the efficiency of economic cooperation.

Mentioning Vietnam’s point of view on the East Sea situation, Quan asked both sides respect each other’s legitimate interests, and strictly implementing their leaders’ common perceptions and signed agreements.

He also stressed the need to avoid actions that change the status quo or complicate and expand disputes, and work with each other to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and handle disputes satisfactorily by peaceful means in line with international law and the region’s code of conduct.