Bei­jing eyes align­ment with Hanoi

China Daily - - TOP NEWS - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

See­ing great po­ten­tial for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion, China and Viet­nam should bet­ter align the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with the “Two Cor­ri­dors and One Eco­nomic Cir­cle” plan, Vice-Pres­i­dent Wang Qis­han told a Vietnamese del­e­ga­tion on Tues­day.

The plan was jointly re­leased by the two na­tions in Septem­ber 2015, aim­ing to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in trade, agri­cul­ture, tourism and in­fras­truc­ture be­tween five Vietnamese prov­inces and the Guangxi Zhuang au­tonomous re­gion and Yun­nan, Guang­dong and Hainan prov­inces.

The two cor­ri­dors con­nect Viet­nam’s cap­i­tal of Hanoi with Kun­ming, cap­i­tal of Yun­nan, and with Nan­ning, cap­i­tal of Guangxi.

The del­e­ga­tion was headed by Nguyen Van Binh, a mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau of the 12th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of Viet­nam and the head of the CPV Com­mis­sion for Econ­omy.

China and Viet­nam are so­cial­ist neigh­bors linked as a com­mu­nity of shared destiny, Wang said. They should im­ple­ment con­sen­suses reached by lead­ers of the two na­tions and ef­fec­tively align the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with Viet­nam’s de­vel­op­ment strate­gies to make new progress in the com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship they forged, he said.

The vice-pres­i­dent said China has en­tered a new era for so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics and must be un­der the lead­er­ship of the Com­mu­nist Party of China. The world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy firmly ad­heres to a new con­cept of in­no­va­tive, bal­anced, green, open and shared de­vel­op­ment, he said.

China has made en­deav­ors to bal­ance re­la­tions be­tween to­day’s needs and emerg­ing de­vel­op­ment and be­tween ef­fi­ciency and equal­ity to shift from high-speed growth to high-qual­ity de­vel­op­ment, which is in line with the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of the peo­ple, Wang said.

Binh said that China has reg­is­tered huge achieve­ments in its re­form and open­ing-up, which pro­vides help­ful ex­pe­ri­ences for Viet­nam. He said his coun­try would like to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with China in var­i­ous fields.

Binh con­grat­u­lated Wang on China’s suc­cess­ful an­nual ses­sions of the 13th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress and the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee in March.

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