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Interview: Chinese VP's visit to Vietnam to boost bilateral ties: ambassador

(Xinhua)

08:38, December 21, 2011

HANOI, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Vietnam is conducive to promoting the healthy and stable development of the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership, says Kong Xuanyou, the Chinese ambassador to Vietnam.

Kong said in a recent interview that China-Vietnam friendly exchanges and cooperation in various fields have seen considerable progress thanks to the joint efforts of both sides.

Fruitful high-level visits and meetings between Chinese and Vietnamese leaders in recent years have boosted mutual trust between the two countries.

Meanwhile, a series of activities have been held to promote relations, including the fifth meeting of the China-Vietnam steering committee, the seventh CPC-CPV Theoretical Seminar and the two navies' joint exercises and annual meeting, Kong said.

The China-Vietnam economic and trade cooperation has also made abundant achievements. China has been Vietnam's largest trading partner for seven consecutive years, and Vietnam is China's fifth largest trading partner in ASEAN.

China-Vietnam bilateral trade volume reached 35.67 billion U.S. dollars in the first 11 months of 2011, up 35.2 percent year on year, and is expected to hit a new high this year, Kong said.

The ambassador said China and Vietnam have reached important consensus on maritime issues.

During a visit to China by Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Central Committee, the two countries issued a joint declaration and signed an agreement guiding the settlement of maritime issues existing between them.

The agreement laid a solid foundation for both countries to properly handle disputes and maintain regional stability through friendly consultations.` Vietnam is China's fourth largest source of overseas students with nearly 16,000 in China. The Chinese Bridge and Chinese teaching volunteer projects are popular among young people in Vietnam.

Besides, the two sides are about to hold the 12th China-Vietnam Youth Friendship Meeting to strengthen cooperation between the youths of both countries, Kong added.

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