Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung and his Chinese counterpart Kong Xuanyou co-chaired an annual meeting in Guangzhou on February 5-6 to review relations between the two countries in 2017 and discuss ways to intensify exchanges and cooperation in 2018.
During his stay in China, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and several leaders of Guangdong Province compared notes on measures and orientations to promote cooperation between ministries, sectors, and localities of Vietnam and their Guangdong province’s counterparts in the time to come.
Both sides agreed that the relationship between the two nations in 2017 was maintained based on a trend of positive development as a result of regular high-level exchanges and their senior State and Party leaders reaching important common perceptions about the enhancement and development of friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and China.
The 10th meeting of the Steering Committee for Vietnam-China Bilateral Cooperation has resulted in the promotion of an important role in coordinating areas of cooperation, increased exchanges at Party levels, and stronger cooperation in diplomacy, national defense and security.
Practical cooperation have achieved remarkable progress as China continues to be Vietnam's largest trading partner while Vietnam is China's largest trading partner in ASEAN, and the number of visitors coming to each nation has showed a drastic upturn.
The two sides were in agreement that maintaining negotiation mechanisms on sea-related issues has helped increase mutual understanding and make substantial progress. In a spirit of frankness and friendship, they exchanged views on matters of shared concern as well as Vietnam's concern about the recent complicated developments in the East Sea.
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and other leaders of Guangdong province extolled the results of cooperation between ministries, sectors and localities of Vietnam and Guangdong province in 2017.
They consented to further promote the coordination mechanism between the Vietnamm Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and Guangdong Province's Administration, fully exploit potential and advantages between the two sides, constantly expand mutually beneficial cooperation, especially in economics, trade, investment, tourism, and science and technology.VOV