Party chief starts official visit to China
08:22 | 11/10/2011

VGP – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng and his entourage on October 11 left Hà Nội, embarking a five-day official visit to China.

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng

The visit, made at the invitation by General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chinese President Hu Jintao, is expected to boost the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Việt Nam and China.

The delegation comprises Minister of National Defense Phùng Quang Thanh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Việt Nam Central Committee (CPVCC) Commission for Inspection Ngô Văn Dụ, Chairman of the CPVCC Commission for Popularization and Education Đinh Thế Huynh, Deputy PM Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, Head of the CPVCC External Relations Commission Hoàng Bình Quân, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Industry and Trade, Planning and Investment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Transport, Education and Training, and others.   

So far, Việt Nam and China have signed many governmental-level agreements and other cooperation documents, laying a legal foundation for long-term cooperation between the two countries.

The exchange of delegations at central and local levels has increased constantly. The two sides have set up the Steering Board for Việt Nam-China Bilateral Cooperation.

Cooperation between the two parties has also been strengthened. The two parties had close and effective cooperation in experience exchange, theoretical study, and personnel training.

Cooperative ties between the two countries’ important sectors, including diplomacy, national defense and public security also saw expansion with the signings of cooperation agreements between the two foreign ministries in 2002, public security ministries in 2003 and national defense ministries in 2003.

China has been Việt Nam’s leading trade partner since 2004 with two-way trade reaching almost US $16 billion in 2007. The figure exceeded US$ 27 billion in 2010 and reached US $15.7 billion in the first half of the year./.

By Hương Giang

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