(QNO) - VOV.VN - Both nations concurred to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and soon reach a practical and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The agreement was reached at a meeting Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on June 8 during his attendance at the Special ASEAN - China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the Mekong - Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Chongqing, China.
Son congratulated the Communist Party of China on its 100th founding anniversary on July 1, 2021 and its achievements in socio-economic development and COVID-19 containment efforts.
Wang congratulated Vietnam on the successful organisation of the 13th National Party Congress.
The two ministers held a wide-ranging discussion on bilateral ties and regional and global issues of shared concern.
They underscored the importance of Vietnam – China relations in each country’s foreign policy, and showed their elation at the friendly neighbourliness and the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership over the past years.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh of Vietnam have held important phone talks with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang and reached common perceptions on reinforcing ties between the two Parties and countries.
The pair agreed to enhance the two foreign ministries’ important role in coordinating and promoting Vietnam - China ties, work out a score of specific measures to realize high-level common perceptions such as facilitating exchanges at all levels, promoting exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ ministries, departments, and localities, and jointly combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
They pledged to promote economic-trade and investment ties in a practical, healthy, and balanced manner and foster people-to-people exchanges while maintaining cooperation at multilateral forums, especially at the UN and within the ASEAN framework.
Son suggested China offer the best possible conditions for Vietnamese farm produce to enter the country, especially fruits in harvest, soon complete procedures to open and upgrade several border gates, effectively deploy Chinese aid to Vietnam, and swiftly finalize existing projects.
Regarding the East Sea issue, the Vietnamese minister asked the two sides to seriously implement high-level common perceptions and abide by international law, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS, uphold the role of negotiation mechanisms, and seek basic and long-term solutions to the issue.
In response, Wang, affirmed that his nation desires to push up strategic exchange and political trust with Vietnam, and deepen the mutually-beneficial relationship in a healthy and stable manner.
He voice China’s support for Vietnam in its fight against the pandemic, including the supply, research, and production of vaccines.
Wang assured China’s readiness to import more Vietnamese goods in line with the Chinese market's demand.