Chinese Premier Li Qiang meets Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh

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Pham Minh Chinh (left) and Li Qiang (right). Picture credit: Viet Nam News

25th June 2024 – (Dalian) Chinese Premier Li Qiang held a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Monday afternoon in Dalian, China. The meeting took place ahead of the 2024 Summer Davos, where Prime Minister Chinh is scheduled to participate. The leaders discussed various aspects of bilateral cooperation and exchanged warm greetings on behalf of their respective countries’ leaders.

Premier Li conveyed cordial greetings from General Secretary Xi Jinping and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, and Vietnamese President To Lam. He highlighted the strategic significance of the China-Vietnam community with a shared future, which was jointly announced by General Secretary Xi Jinping and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong last year. This announcement has laid the foundation for comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two nations in the new era.

Premier Li expressed China’s willingness to work closely with Vietnam to implement the important consensus reached between the leaders of both parties. He emphasized the need to foster economic complementarity and enhance cooperation between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Two Corridors and One Economic Circle strategy. The premier also emphasized the importance of expanding trade, investment, and connectivity between the two countries. He encouraged the exploration of new avenues for cooperation in emerging sectors such as new energy and the digital economy.

Additionally, Premier Li expressed China’s commitment to strengthening people-to-people and cultural exchanges with Vietnam, particularly in areas such as tourism, medical education, and youth engagement. These initiatives aim to solidify public support for the enduring friendship between China and Vietnam.

Prime Minister Chinh affirmed that deepening long-term friendly cooperation with China is a strategic choice and top priority for Vietnam’s foreign policy. He reiterated Vietnam’s steadfast adherence to the one-China policy, expressing support for China’s development and its accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Prime Minister Chinh expressed Vietnam’s readiness to work closely with China to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation across various domains and further advance the Vietnam-China community with a shared future.