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Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping paid a state visit to Viet­nam from Novem­ber 10 to 13, fur­ther strength­en­ing ties be­tween the two Asian na­tions.

Xi's visit came as he also at­tended the 25th APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers' Meet­ing in Da Nang, where he de­liv­ered a speech call­ing on mem­ber coun­tries to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties the global eco­nomic re­cov­ery will bring, and to keep strength­en­ing the mul­ti­lat­eral part­ner­ship for more in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment.

These ideas were re­flected dur­ing Xi's stay in Viet­nam, where both sides reached agree­ments on co­op­er­a­tion in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the “two eco­nomic cor­ri­dors and one eco­nomic ring” that link China's south­ern ar­eas and Viet­nam for co­op­er­a­tion in mul­ti­ple fields.

China and Viet­nam have had fre­quent ex­changes at var­i­ous lev­els in re­cent years. Nguyen Phu Trong, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of Viet­nam, vis­ited China in Jan­uary 2017, fol­lowed by Viet­namese Pres­i­dent Tran Dai Quang's May visit to China when he at­tended the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion. Xi's visit to Viet­nam fol­lowed the re­cently con­cluded 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China which an­a­lysts have in­di­cated shows the em­pha­sis China places on its neigh­bor. State broad­caster the Voice of Viet­nam la­beled 2017 an “es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful year for the Viet­namese-chi­nese re­la­tion­ship.”

China and Viet­nam have ben­e­fited from such fre­quent ex­changes – China has been Viet­nam's big­gest trade part­ner for 13 con­sec­u­tive years, and Viet­nam is China's ninth-largest trade part­ner, and the big­gest trade part­ner in ASEAN (As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions). Me­dia re­ports said the two coun­tries are ex­pected to ac­com­plish a trade vol­ume of US$100 bil­lion in 2017.

The close co­op­er­a­tion is also help­ing to cool down the ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes in the South China Sea, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. Sin­ga­pore's Chi­nese pa­per Lianhe Zaobao re­ported that the Chi­nese and Viet­namese lead­ers reached con­sen­sus on jointly safe­guard­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea.

Given both coun­tries are so­cial­ist, an­a­lysts be­lieve that the Si­noviet­namese re­la­tion­ship will play a cru­cial po­lit­i­cal role.

“The two coun­tries should treat the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship from a higher and wider an­gle. They should learn from each other and jointly pro­mote so­cial­ist con­struc­tion to set a good ex­am­ple for the com­mu­nity of com­mon destiny and the new-style of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ship,” com­mented Wang Ling­gui, the ex­ec­u­tive deputy­di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Global Strat­egy at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences.

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