Hanoi (VNA) – Politburo member and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi co-chaired the 13th meeting of the Steering Committee on September 10 for Vietnam-China bilateral cooperation.
The two sides agreed that since the 12th meeting in July last year, Vietnam-China relations have maintained a positive development.
The two sides also discussed issues such as unbalanced trade, disrupted business activities, especially Vietnam’s import-export through border gates, the delay of several economic cooperation projects and non-refundable assistance.
Deputy Prime Minister Minh suggested promoting areas of win-win cooperation to achieve the set progress in accordance with the spirit of common perceptions of senior leaders and effectively using the existing cooperation mechanisms between ministries, sectors and agencies. localities in both countries.
The two sides agreed to promote high-level visits, effectively implement cooperation between the two sides, uphold the role of the two foreign ministries in coordinating and strengthening bilateral relations; properly implement exchange and cooperation mechanisms in matters of defense, security and law enforcement; and increase the sharing of experiences in the prevention and control of COVID-19, including cooperation on vaccines.
Wang Yi has announced that his country will donate 3 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam this year.
For his part, Vice Premier Minh thanked and highly appreciated China’s support.
They have agreed to resume commercial flights when conditions permit; continue to take measures to promote economic and trade cooperation, investment and development; soon complete the procedures for opening the market for Vietnamese agricultural products; accelerate the modernization or opening of new pairs of border barriers; encourage Chinese companies to increase their investments in Vietnam using advanced and environmentally friendly technologies; and actively coordinate resolution of difficulties in a number of cooperative projects.
Vietnam and China will also strengthen cooperation in the fields of science and technology, environment, transport, agriculture, health care, culture, education, tourism, people-to-people exchanges and coordination in multilateral forums.
The two sides also discussed border and territorial issues and agreed to cooperate in the management of land borders on the basis of strict compliance with agreements and legal documents relating to borders.
Regarding the issues at sea, the two sides agreed to continue to strictly adhere to the high-level common perceptions, to control disagreements well, not to take measures to complicate the situation and expand the disputes, and to maintain jointly peace and stability in the East Sea.
The two countries will also promote negotiation and cooperation mechanisms, including cooperation in less sensitive areas, the delimitation of waters outside the Gulf of Tonkin as well as the completion of negotiations for the signing of a new agreement. cooperation in matters of fishing in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Deputy Prime Minister Minh stressed the importance of respecting the rights and legitimate interests of everyone, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The two officials attended the signing of an economic-technical cooperation agreement between the two governments on the provision of non-repayable aid, the announcement of the conclusion of a series of bilateral memoranda of understanding and the launch of a cooperation project on research in the Hong River Delta in Vietnam and the Yangtze River Delta in China./.