7th December 2023 – (Beijing) Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Vietnam on 12th – 13th December to engage with top state officials and explore opportunities to enhance the two countries’ relations, as stated by the Chinese foreign ministry on Thursday.
During a press briefing, spokesperson Wang Wenbin highlighted that the discussions during the visit would revolve around areas of political security, multilateral and maritime issues, with a focus on promoting further strategic cooperation between China and Vietnam.
The Vietnamese communist party confirmed Xi’s impending visit, underscoring the significance of the diplomatic engagement between the two nations.
Ahead of this visit, several Chinese leaders have visited Vietnam, reflecting both countries’ efforts to strengthen their ties, emphasising the importance of the relationship.
Vietnam considers China its largest trading partner and a critical source of imports for its manufacturing sector, further underscoring the importance of the diplomatic engagement between the two nations.
In a meeting in October, President Xi stressed to Vietnam’s second-highest ranking official the importance of remembering the “original intention” of their traditional friendship, underscoring the historical significance and ongoing relevance of their relationship.
China and the United States have been actively vying for influence among Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam. Notably, Vietnam recently elevated its ties with Washington to a comprehensive strategic partnership, positioning the United States alongside Beijing and Moscow.
Wang emphasised the significance of the frequent high-level interactions and close exchanges in various sectors between China and Vietnam since the beginning of the year, highlighting the deepening cooperation in various fields.
He further added that deepening cooperation between the two nations would contribute to maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, underlining the broader regional implications of their diplomatic engagement.