Xi Jinping promotes economic, cultural ties during Vietnam visit

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on China and Vietnam to enhance high-level strategic communication to move forward the bilateral ties in the right direction.

It's Xi's second visit to Vietnam as head of state and top leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Beijing was responding to the deadly violence against Chinese nationals in the country.

Xi said that the two countries were entering a new era in their relationship, one that would be cemented in their joint development strategies and cooperation in multiple sectors such as infrastructure, trade, industrial capacity, cross-border economic cooperation zones and agriculture.

The two sides should increase input in people-to-people exchanges, and broadly carry out such exchanges, so as to enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples, particularly between the youths.

Ahead of his visit to Vietnam, Xi said that there was a bond "forged with blood" between the two countries. Not only for its architecture, but also as a symbol between the traditional friendship of the two countries.

China has been Vietnam's biggest trading partner for 13 consecutive years, while Vietnam is China's largest trading partner within Southeast Asia.

Xi will be holding talks in Hanoi with General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong and is expected to meet his counterpart Tran Dai Quang and the Chairperson of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

President Xi Jinping on Saturday vowed to further free up China's economy, again urging Asian countries to work closely together in a speech at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vietnam.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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