Update: Xi meets with senior CPV official

BEIJING (Xinhua) — Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, met with Truong Thi Mai, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, permanent member of the CPV Central Committee Secretariat and head of the Organization Commission of the CPV Central Committee, in Beijing on Wednesday.

Xi asked Truong Thi Mai to convey his sincere greetings to Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the CPV Central Committee, and Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong. He noted that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Since General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to China last year, China and Vietnam have attached great importance to implementing the consensus reached by the two general secretaries, and taken measures to push for a sound momentum of China-Vietnam exchanges and cooperation, Xi said, adding that he would like to maintain close exchanges with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to strengthen political and strategic guidance for China-Vietnam relations.

Given the volatile international environment and tasks of reform, development and stability in the two countries, China and Vietnam should follow the policy of long-term stability, forward-thinking, good neighborliness and comprehensive cooperation, and the spirit of being good neighbors, friends, comrades, and partners, Xi said.

He called on the two sides to consolidate political mutual trust, strengthen solidarity and cooperation, properly manage differences, jointly address risks and challenges, and build a China-Vietnam community with a shared future to contribute to human peace and progress.

Xi said both countries should continue to be armed with the scientific theory of Marxism and work together to advance the cause of socialism.

China and Vietnam need to put people first, improve the synergy of development strategies and projects, advance infrastructure connectivity and people-to-people exchanges, and enhance people’s understanding of traditional friendship to consolidate public support for the long-term growth of bilateral relations, Xi said.

Xi said the utmost effort should be made to consolidate the rule of the two parties, safeguard national stability and development, stay committed to human peace and progress, strengthen solidarity and cooperation in international affairs, firmly oppose hegemonism and bloc confrontation, safeguard the dividends of regional peace and development, and work together to build a community with a shared future for humanity.

Truong Thi Mai conveyed the greetings of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong to General Secretary Xi Jinping.

She extended congratulations on the success of the 20th CPC National Congress and China’s “two sessions,” and on General Secretary Xi Jinping’s reelection as President of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission. She expressed confidence that the Chinese people will surely complete all the goals set out at the 20th CPC National Congress and build a modern socialist country in an all-round way under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid a successful visit to China shortly after the conclusion of the 20th CPC National Congress, injecting strong impetus into the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries. Vietnam has always given top priority to developing friendly cooperation with China, adhered to the one-China policy and firmly supported China’s reunification, Truong Thi Mai said.

She said Vietnam is willing to enhance high-level exchanges between the two parties and promote the synergy of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Vietnam’s “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” plan to contribute to the ties between the two parties and the two countries and the cause of socialism.

Vietnam firmly supports the major global initiatives proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, supports China to host the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and hopes to strengthen regional and international cooperation with China to promote regional and world peace and development, Truong Thi Mai said. ■

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