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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

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Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

Vietnam News/ANN | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Politburo member Le Hong Anh (left) meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday in Beijing, capital of China.

BEIJING  - The Party, State and people of Vietnam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Vietnam and China's comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership's sound and long-lasting stable development.

Politburo member Le Hong Anh, Special Envoy of the Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, reiterated this in his talks with the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, State President Xi Jingping, in Beijing yesterday.

In the context of complex international and regional developments, the two sides needed to strengthen cooperation, rationally solve disputes and work together to create a peaceful and stable environment to develop both countries and improve the living conditions of the people of Vietnam and China, the Special Envoy said.

Hong Anh also suggested leaders of the two parties and states tighten their instructions in order to promptly restore, stabilise and develop bilateral relations. He said leaders of the two countries need to instruct their ministries and branches to seriously implement the agreement on the basic principles guiding settlements of sea related issues between Vietnam and China; to effectively control and reasonably solve all East Sea disputes; to maintain peace; to stabilise the East Sea region; and to meet the expectations and basic and long-term interests of the two countries' peoples. This would contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region, he said.

Also on this occasion, Hong Anh conveyed the invitations of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang to Chinese leader Xi Jingping to visit Vietnam.

Chinese General Secretary and President Xi Jingping affirmed that the Party, State and people of China had always held fostering ties with Vietnam in high esteem, upholding the principle of friendship and cooperation with Vietnam, and together with the Vietnamese Party, State and people, developing a comprehensive strategic Vietnam-China partnership. The Chinese leader also agreed that the two parties and states would give directions to bring bilateral relations back to health, and restore and develop the bilateral ties between the two parties and states, which the two sides agreed upon during the visit.

Chinese General Secretary and President Xi Jingping thanked General Secretary Trong and State President Sang for their invitations and said that he would visit Vietnam at an appropriate time.

Earlier that day, Politburo member Hong Anh held talks with Communist Party of China Politburo Standing member, Secretary of CCP Central Committee Liu Yunshan. The two openly discussed issues relating to the bilateral relationship between the two parties and states.

Hong Anh affirmed the lasting viewpoint of the Party, State and people of Vietnam placing great importance on developing friendship, cooperation, and equal and mutual benefits with the Party, State and people of China. The Special Envoy also said the leaders of the two countries needed to strengthen their roles in nursing their bilateral relations back to health, inspired by friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stabilisation, a future-oriented outlook, and meeting the fundamental and long term interests of the two countries and the region.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Hong Anh noted that due to the recent difficult circumstances and tense relations between the two countries, leaders of the two countries needed to directly instruct relevant ministries and agencies in both countries to uphold negotiations in order to seek basic, long-term solutions that are acceptable to both sides, whilst actively studying "transition" solutions and enhancing expert group meetings on the Gulf of Tonkin.

He particularly stressed that the two countries needed to work to control sea-related issues; avoid conflicts that might affect the two countries' relations; work together to keep peace and stability in the East Sea and ensure the development of the relationship between the two Parties and both countries.

For his part, Liu Yunshan affirmed that China valued Hong Anh's visit highly and said he wished that the high level-meeting of the two parties play an important role in solving the remaining differences between the two countries; promoting exchange visits and cooperation between the two parties and states; and developing friendship between the two countries in this new period.

At the end of the talks, the two sides agreed upon three important points.

Firstly, the leaders of Viet Nam and China would tighten their direct instructions regarding bilateral ties between parties and states, boosting sound and stable relations between the two countries.

Secondly, the two sides would promote exchange visits between the two parties and states, and would restore and enhance bilateral relations in all fields, such as politics, diplomacy, defence, security, trade and the implementation of laws.

Thirdly, the two sides would abide by the important common perception of the leaders of the two parties and states to seriously implement the agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of sea related issues between Vietnam and China; to effectively implement government-level negotiations on Viet Nam-China borders and territory; to seek basic and long-term solutions acceptable to both sides; to effectively control sea disputes and not act to complicate or expand disputes; to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea; and to maintain overall Vietnam-China relations.

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