Vietnam has equal relations with China, US
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.