Xi’s vis­its boost con­fi­dence in so­cial­ist path

Global Times US Edition - - ASIANREVIEW - By Pan Jin’e The au­thor is a re­search fel­low of Viet­namese stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences and a vis­it­ing scholar at the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity School of Ad­vanced International Stud­ies. opin­ion@ glob­al­times.com.cn

Af­ter at­tend­ing the 25th APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers’ Meet­ing in Da Nang, Viet­nam, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping paid state vis­its to Viet­nam and Laos.

The trip to Viet­nam is Xi’s first state visit af­ter he was re-elected gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber and a sec­ond visit to the coun­try in two years as both the Party leader and the head of state. This shows the im­por­tance the CPC, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and Xi per­son­ally at­tach to Viet­nam.

This trip is also a re­cip­ro­cal visit af­ter Nguyen Phu Trong, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of Viet­nam Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, vis­ited China in Jan­uary and Viet­namese Pres­i­dent Tran Dai Quang came in May.

The reg­u­lar mu­tual vis­its of the coun­tries’ top lead­ers are agreed to by the two rul­ing par­ties in a bid to en­hance po­lit­i­cal trust and lead China-Viet­nam rela- tions to­ward new vis­tas.

Dur­ing the stay, Xi and Trong re­viewed the progress the two par­ties and coun­tries have made in re­cent years. China and Viet­nam have in­ten­si­fied high-level vis­its, car­ried out ma­jor eco­nomic and trade ini­tia­tives, pro­moted co­op­er­a­tion at var­i­ous lev­els and fa­cil­i­tated the smooth de­vel­op­ment of peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes. These in­ter­ac­tions have en­abled the two peo­ples to bet­ter know each other and re­duced con­flicts.

The two sides signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on joint im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive and Viet­nam’s “Two Cor­ri­dors and One Eco­nomic Cir­cle” plan.

Hanoi and Beijing also signed doc­u­ments for co­op­er­a­tion in in­dus­trial ca­pac­ity, en­ergy, cross-bor­der eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion zone, e-com­merce, hu­man re­sources, econ­omy and trade, fi­nance, cul­ture, health, me­dia, so­cial science and bor­der de­fense. They reached a con­sen­sus on ad­vanc­ing the healthy, sta­ble and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to boost the China-Viet­nam com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship.

Xi’s trip to Laos on Mon­day is the first visit to the coun­try by a Chi­nese head of state in 11 years. Both as com­mu­nist-led so­cial­ist coun­tries, China and Laos are truly “good neigh­bors, friends, com­rades and part­ners,” Xi said at the air­port.

China has es­tab­lished com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship with both Viet­nam and Laos, and has tra­di­tional friendly re­la­tions with the two coun­tries. The three so­cial­ist coun­tries share sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ment paths, ideals and destiny.

In Viet­nam, Xi said China and Viet­nam are close neigh­bors con­nected by moun­tains and rivers, good friends shar­ing weal and woe, good com­rades with sim­i­lar ideals and be­liefs, and good part­ners for win-win co­op­er­a­tion. This vi­sion ar­tic­u­lates his ex­pec­ta­tion of China’s re­la­tions with Viet­nam and also with Laos.

Xi’s vis­its help align China’s Belt and Road ini­tia­tive with Viet­nam’s “Two Cor­ri­dors and One Eco­nomic Cir­cle” plan and with Laos’ strat­egy of turn­ing it­self from a “land-locked” coun­try to a “landlinked” one. This will fa­cil­i­tate the two coun­tries’ ef­forts to achieve their 2020 de­vel­op­ment plan and goals of mod­ern­iza­tion by the mid-cen­tury. The trips will also help pro­mote China’s diplo­matic strat­egy in the new era – build­ing a com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture for mankind.

In the long term, Xi’s vis­its to Viet­nam and Laos will boost the three coun­tries’ con­fi­dence to go along the so­cial­ist path so that they can jointly pro­mote the build­ing of a com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture for so­cial­ist coun­tries, and re­vi­tal­ize and push for­ward so­cial­ism across the world in the new era.

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