Viet­nam has equal re­la­tions with China, US

Global Times US Edition - - ASIANREVIEW -

Ed­i­tor’s Note:

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, started his state visit to Viet­nam on Sun­day. What’s the sig­nif­i­cance of his trip for the Sino-Viet­namese re­la­tion­ship? How will Viet­nam han­dle its re­la­tion­ship with China and the US? Global Times ( GT) re­porter Bai Tiantian talked with Vu Cao Phan ( Vu), ad­vi­sor to the Viet­nam-China Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion and di­rec­tor of the Po­lit­i­cal and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions In­sti­tute at Binh Duong Univer­sity in Viet­nam. GT: tiv­i­ties within the coun­try are con­ducted un­der the lead­er­ship of the party. The Com­mu­nist Party of China and that of Viet­nam should have more party-toparty ex­changes in the fu­ture. GT: and its her­itage. The two coun­tries have many el­e­ments and cus­toms in com­mon, and are part­ners who have helped each other be­fore. For now and for the fu­ture, China and Viet­nam must strive for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence, like brothers. GT: Vu: As I em­pha­sized, Viet­nam is not lean­ing to­ward any coun­try. I think the way Chi­nese friends see this is­sue is a lit­tle bit be­yond com­pre­hen­sion; maybe the Chi­nese me­dia hasn’t re­ported it ac­cu­rately and ob­jec­tively. As it is a so­cial­ist coun­try, Viet­nam will not let it­self be af­fected by de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions with the US. In ad­di­tion, both China and Viet­nam are so­cial­ist coun­tries, but have dif­fer­ences. I’m wait­ing to see what form the ties be­tween the two so­cial­ist na­tions take. GT: Vu: Thank you for ask­ing me this ques­tion. I think some Chi­nese me­dia out­lets re­port Viet­nam with the same tone as the Western me­dia. Many de­pic­tions of the coun­try on the Chi­nese In­ter­net are neg­a­tive and full of hearsay. Many of my friends have fought side-by-side with the Chi­nese be­fore, and have very good re­la­tions with China. Some of them came back to Viet­nam af­ter study­ing in China and re­spect and love the coun­try.

But they are dis­ap­pointed with some me­dia re­ports on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. Me­dia out­lets from both coun­tries should pay at­ten­tion to this is­sue.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Liu Rui/GT

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