Xi Jinping Speaks with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the Phone

On May 24, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Xi Jinping asked Nguyen Xuan Phuc to convey his sincere greetings to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong. Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Vietnam are linked by mountains and rivers. The traditional friendship of "camaraderie and brotherhood" is the common treasure of the two parties and the two countries and that good-neighborliness is the big picture of the development of relations between the two parties and between the two countries. The Communist Party of China (CPC) is about to celebrate its centenary, China has embarked on a new journey of fully building a modern socialist country, and Vietnam is also striving to achieve its two centenary goals. The two sides should view and grasp the relations between the two parties and between the two countries from a strategic and long-term perspective and set the right direction for China-Vietnam relations to move forward. The Chinese party and government firmly adhere to a friendly policy towards Vietnam, and appreciate that the new leadership of Vietnam continues to give top priority to relations with China in its foreign policy. China is willing to work with Vietnam to stay true to the original aspiration of the traditional friendship, bear in mind the ideals and historical missions shared by the two sides, continuously make their comprehensive strategic cooperation more relevant in the new era, and actively build the two countries into a community with a shared future that bears strategic significance, so as to inject new impetus into the development of relations between the two parties and between the two countries as well as their socialist causes.

Xi Jinping stressed that the two sides should continue to leverage the special advantages of the inter-party exchanges to deepen experience sharing on state governance. Both sides should give full play to the coordination role of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, promote high-quality synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the "Two Corridors and One Economic Circle" plan, and make concerted efforts to continuously expand bilateral trade, speed up infrastructure connection, and fully tap the cooperation potential of new business forms and new driving forces, so as to better serve the economic and social development of both countries. The two sides should strengthen people-to-people exchanges, accelerate the implementation of China-aided projects for public well-being in Vietnam, and bring more results of the win-win cooperation to people in both countries. Both sides should also carry on the good tradition of unity and mutual support, join hands to effectively handle and control the COVID-19 pandemic, and substantively protect the people's lives and health. China stands ready to continue to provide as much assistance as its capacity allows for Vietnam's fight against the pandemic.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc conveyed General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's cordial greetings to Xi Jinping, and warmly congratulated the CPC on its upcoming centenary. He said that under the strong leadership of the CPC with General Secretary Xi Jinping at the core, China has overcome the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, and achieved victory in the three major battles of fighting the pandemic, restoring the economy and reducing poverty, and that the life of the Chinese people has never been as happy as it is today. The Vietnamese side sincerely congratulates China on its successful great transformation from standing up to growing rich, and to becoming stronger. He believes and wishes that China will accomplish even greater achievements on its journey towards the second centenary goal. Vietnam and China are brothers and close neighbors. The Vietnamese side always supports the socialist China in growing stronger, and firmly pursues an independent foreign policy, and will continue to staunchly promote its friendship with China. Vietnam is ready to earnestly implement the high-level consensus between the two countries, intensify political exchanges, strengthen solidarity and mutual trust, and deepen win-win cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, pandemic control, and youth and people-to-people exchanges, as well as at local levels. That will help lift the relations between the two parties and between the two countries to new heights, and contribute to regional peace and the development of the socialist cause.

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