On June 8, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son in Chongqing.
Wang Yi said that Sino-Vietnamese relations have maintained a strong and stable development momentum. The leaders of the two sides and the two countries maintained close communication, worked together to guide the Sino-Vietnamese relations, and made important plans to deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields. The volume of trade between China and Vietnam in the first four months of this year has exceeded US $ 70 billion, with an annual growth rate of over 40 percent, fully demonstrating the enormous potential for cooperation bilateral economy and trade and reflects the high level of good neighborly relations between the two countries.
Wang Yi said that at present, the international and regional situation is undergoing profound changes. In the context of the great changes and the one-of-a-kind pandemic, there are both opportunities and challenges. China is ready to work with Vietnam to advance traditional friendship, strengthen strategic mutual trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation in accordance with the directions specified by senior leaders of the two sides and the two countries, so that the fruits of bilateral relations bear more benefits for both peoples and better serve the economic and social development of both countries. These are the basic attributes and the basic objectives of the relations between the two parties and the two countries to maintain the leadership of the Communist Party and promote the cause of socialism. The two sides must transform the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two sides and the two countries into a common will and conscious actions of the two peoples to build a solid foundation for the healthy and stable development of Sino-Vietnamese relations. China strongly supports the new direction of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s governance efforts and supports Vietnam in pursuing a socialist path suited to its national conditions. The two sides must take concrete steps to support the other’s important political agenda, safeguard and expand common interests, push the relations between the two parties and the two countries and the cause of socialism to a new stage and open up new new perspectives.
Wang Yi said China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19 and supports Chinese pharmaceutical companies to cooperate with Vietnam in vaccine research and development, production and supply. . The two sides should allow citizens of both countries to get vaccinated in their respective countries and strengthen joint prevention and border control to build a common defense against the pandemic. China is ready to expand its port cooperation with Vietnam and import more marketable agricultural products from Vietnam. The two sides should make full use of the complementary forces and push for substantial progress in the construction of the Belt and Road and areas of cross-border economic cooperation.
Bui Thanh Son warmly congratulated the CCP on the 100th anniversary of its founding and highly appreciated the great achievements of the Chinese people under the leadership of the CCP. Bui Thanh Son said that China, as a great country and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has great influence in the region and in the world in general. Vietnam supports the development of China and its important role in safeguarding peace and development in the world. As neighbor friend as comrade and brother, Vietnam always considers the development of relations between the two parties and the two countries as its firm choice and its diplomatic priority. China has had more contact with Vietnam than any other country since the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which fully demonstrates the closeness and strategy of the two countries. Vietnam will continue to firmly advance the Vietnam-China friendship, constantly consolidate mutual political trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in economic, trade, anti-pandemic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and at the local levels to promote a sustainable and healthy development. relations between the two parties and the two countries. Vietnam supports the elevation of the strategic position of ASEAN-China relations and is ready to work with China to advance Lancang-Mekong cooperation and strengthen coordination and cooperation within multilateral institutions such as the United Nations.
The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of mutual concern.