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Wang Yi Speaks with New Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son on the Phone

On April 16, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with the new Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

Wang Yi said, China and Vietnam are friendly neighbors and important partners, and both countries adhere to leadership of the communist party and are committed to socialism. The two sides are a community with a shared future of strategic significance. Facing the profound changes unseen in a century, both sides should keep in mind their initial mission, enhance mutual trust and solidarity, strengthen strategic cooperation and safeguard common interests, which not only helps safeguard political security of the two countries and inject strong impetus into the world's socialist cause, but also conforms to the trend of progress and development of the times.

Wang Yi emphasized, not long ago, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had a phone conversation again, drawing a blueprint and pointing out the way forward for the development of bilateral relations at present and in the future. This year is extraordinary for both parties and countries. The Communist Party of China (CPC) will celebrate its 100th anniversary and embark on a new journey of fully building a modern socialist country. Vietnam, under the leadership of the new party and government, is marching towards its two centennial goals of the establishment of the Party and the country. The Chinese side, as a comrade and brother, will continue to firmly support Vietnam in taking the path of socialism for a brighter future.

Wang Yi said, China is willing to strengthen friendly exchanges between the two parties and between the two countries at all levels with Vietnam, accelerate cooperation in anti-pandemic, trade and investment, infrastructure and other fields, speed up the synergy of the Belt and Road Initiative and "Two Corridors and One Economic Circle", deepen people-to-people friendship and youth exchanges, properly handle maritime issues, and promote the new progress of the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership for the new era. China is willing to work with the ASEAN countries including Vietnam to mark the 30th anniversary of dialogue relations between the two sides, promote the early entry into force and implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, speed up the connection between the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, and upgrade China-ASEAN relations to better benefit the people in the region.

Bui Thanh Son said, maintaining and developing the traditional friendship and the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China is Vietnam's firm choice and diplomatic priority. Vietnam congratulates the CPC on the 100th anniversary of its founding, and speaks highly of the great leap made by the Chinese people who, under the leadership of the CPC, have stood up, grown rich, and are becoming stronger, while striding towards the realization of the second centenary goal. As a comrade and brother, Vietnam supports China's development, and its important role in safeguarding regional and world peace and development, and the greater contribution to the world's socialist cause. At present, both Vietnam and China are at critical stages of realizing their respective strategic development goals, so the more stable relations between the two parties and between the two countries are of great significance to both sides. Vietnam is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields and exchanges at all levels, vigorously push forward economic, trade, and investment cooperation in the post-pandemic period, step up connectivity in transportation and infrastructure, enhance maritime cooperation, and jointly safeguard maritime peace and stability. Vietnam supports elevating the strategic position of ASEAN-China relations, and holding a special foreign ministers' meeting on the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations, and is ready to work with China to drive forward the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation. Vietnam hopes that the two sides will enhance coordination and cooperation in multilateral institutions such as the United Nations.

The two sides agree to hold a new meeting of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation as soon as possible to coordinate and advance bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

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