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Vietnam and China Ties: Chinese Premier meets Nguyen Xuan Phuc

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Talks are initiated after the tension in the South China Sea region. It was observed that the Philippines sent an envoy to China for some bilateral talks. Now, it’s the Vietnamese Premier visiting his Chinese counterpart. Are these meant to really tighten ties or the other way around. Here’s an inquiry on that:

Vietnam’s Prime Minister visits Chinese Premier

Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc has arrived in Beijing on a six-day official visit. He was welcomed in the capital by Premier Li Keqiang. During talks, both sides agreed to deepen cooperation in various areas and raise bilateral ties.

This is Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s first visit to China after he was elected Prime Minister in July this year.

Premier Li Keqiang welcomed him at the Great Hall of the People.

During the meeting, Li said both countries should boost high-level exchanges, link development strategies and enhance communication between political parties, defense and law enforcement.

Li added that both sides should safeguard stability in the South China Sea, properly manage differences and build up consensus.

Nguyen said developing ties with China is Vietnam’s diplomatic priority, and both sides should boost maritime cooperation under the spirit of equality and respect.

“This visit is significant to bilateral ties. The two leaders agreed to move their comprehensive strategic partnership into a new phase, and hold high-level exchanges between leaders more frequently,” Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said.

In 2015, bilateral trade volume between China and Vietnam hit 95.8 billion U.S. dollars, a year-on-year growth of 14.6 percent.

Reference: http://english.cctv.com/2016/09/13/VIDELQAwvLXN79Q36TqOvT9s160913.shtml

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