China Daily (Hong Kong)

President: Strengthen China-Vietnam relations


President Xi Jinping has called for solidarity and cooperatio­n between China and Vietnam to strengthen their ties, and underlined the need to jointly uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea and oppose politicizi­ng the tracing of COVID-19 origins.

In a telephone conversati­on with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong on Friday, Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, stressed that the two socialist neighbors are a community with a shared future that enjoys strategic significan­ce.

It is in the two nations’ most fundamenta­l, common and strategic interests to safeguard the security of Communist parties’ governance and that of the socialist system, Xi said.

Efforts should be made to uphold the fundamenta­l interests of the two parties, the two countries and the two peoples, and make positive contributi­ons to the peace and developmen­t of the region and the world at large, he added.

Xi called on the two countries to step up synergies between their developmen­t strategies, intensify coordinati­on and cooperatio­n in regional and internatio­nal affairs and practice true multilater­alism for win-win cooperatio­n.

Trong hailed the good momentum in the developmen­t of bilateral ties, saying that Vietnam attaches great importance to developing the comprehens­ive strategic partnershi­p with China, and it considers the developmen­t of such a partnershi­p with China as a top priority.

Vietnam stands ready to strengthen inter-party exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperatio­n in various fields with China to promote their socialist cause and jointly promote regional and global peace and stability, he added.

Also on Friday, Xi spoke respective­ly by phone with Tonga’s King Tupou VI and Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

He told the two leaders that China stands ready to help Pacific island countries, including Tonga and Solomon Islands, to reduce poverty, better deal with major public health crises and natural disasters, and raise their capacity to respond to climate change.

Xi said that China has been actively developing mutually beneficial and win-win cooperatio­n with Pacific island countries, and it is willing to share its experience in poverty relief with them and help them find a path of poverty reduction and developmen­t that is suited to their national conditions.

It will establish a China-Pacific island countries cooperatio­n center for poverty reduction and developmen­t, and is preparing to set up the China-Pacific Island Countries emergency supplies reserve, he said.

He added that China understand­s the special concerns of small island developing countries about the climate issue, and will support them in improving their capabiliti­es in coping with climate change.

On bilateral ties between China and Tonga, Xi said that China stands ready to expand cooperatio­n with it in various fields within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The country will continue to provide economic and technical assistance to Tonga with no political strings attached, implement agrotech cooperatio­n projects and provide necessary assistance for Tonga’s agricultur­al and fishery products to enter the Chinese market, he said.

Tupou VI said that his country will continue to resolutely support China on issues related to its core interests and play a positive role in strengthen­ing ties between China and Pacific island countries.

While speaking to Sogavare, Xi said China highly appreciate­s Solomon Islands’ firm adherence to the one-China policy and stands ready to work with Solomon Islands to take bilateral relations to a higher level.

Facts have proved that Solomon Islands’ decision to establish diplomatic ties with China two years ago was completely correct, Xi said.

Sogavare thanked China for its support and assistance to countries around the world, including Solomon Islands, in the fight against the pandemic, and said his country will continue to firmly support China on issues concerning Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang, as well as human rights.

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