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PM receives Chairman of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed the ongoing visit to Vietnam by Chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China Chen Wu during a reception in Hanoi on April 20 for the latter, saying it will promote cooperation opportunities between the governments, people and businesses of the two nations.

The PM emphasised the importance of realising common agreements and perceptions by senior leaders of the two Parties and States as well as further boosting the comprehensive partnership between Guangxi and Vietnam, and between Guangxi and Vietnamese border localities in particular.

He suggested continuing to upgrade existing mechanisms towards creating the most favourable conditions for customs clearance at border gates, and asked Guangxi to facilitate croos-border trade, promptly pilot the one-stop shop mechanism, and develop logistics infrastructure to raise two-way trade.

PM Phuc agreed with Chen’s proposal to upgrade transport connectivity between Guangxi and Vietnamese localities, saying that both sides could consider building and renovating bridges to boost trade ties.

Welcoming Guangxi’s capable firms to do business in Vietnam, the leader said the two sides should also increase cooperation in the fields of culture, health care, education, labour and people-to-people exchanges, as well as in the fight against crimes and maintaining a borderline of peace and friendship, thus contributing positively to the common achievements between the two Parties, States and people.

Chen, for his part, said his visit aims to continue realising common agreements and perceptions by senior leaders of the two Parties and States.

He noted the success of PM Phuc’s official visit to China in October 2016 and his attendance at the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO), which he said, opened up a lot of opportunities to step up the comprehensive cooperation between people and businesses of the two countries.

Guangxi will do its best to connect bilateral cooperation ideas, especially those to raise two-way trade and build infrastructure at border gates, he said.

According to the Chinese official, Guangxi-Vietnam trade value accounts for one-third of the trade turnover between Guangxi and other countries in the world. Therefore, the province wants to promptly pilot the “Two Countries, One Destination” mechanism to facilitate customs clearance at border gates.

Chen proposed choosing several outstanding products for the pilot mechanism such as Vietnam’s watermelon and China’s apple.

Guangxi wants to enhance road and railway transport connectivity with Vietnamese border provinces and upgrade border gates, he said, adding that the two sides could fortify collaboration in education, culture and health care.

Chen promised to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship with Vietnam, step up the fight against cross-border smuggling and transnational crimes, and well prepare for the upcoming CAEXPO in which Vietnam is expected to participate.