Saturday, December 28, 2013

CPC delegation meets Vietnam's HCM City party leader - Xinhua |

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee met with Le Thanh Hai, Political Bureau member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Secretary of southern Ho Chi Minh (Xo so) City's Party Committee here on Saturday.

During the meeting, Wang expressed thanks to the warm welcome by Vietnam in general and HCM City in particular to him and the CPC delegation during their visit to Vietnam this time.

He also expressed his impression on the fast development of HCM City, saying that such notable results could not be separated from the leadership of the City's authorities and the party committee.

Wang shared with the host major information about China's economic development, policies and reforms, saying that currently both China and Vietnam are facing difficulties in economic development due to the world's economic impacts.

In that context, Wang applauded the role of HCM City and its contribution to Vietnam's development and wished it to see stronger development in the coming years.

For his part, HCM City's party chief expressed his delight at the fine development in relations between the two countries and parties of Vietnam and China, which is manifested through regular exchange of high-ranking visits by leaders of both sides.

The CPC's visit to Vietnam would contribute to concretizing and deepening relations between the two countries, said Hai.

On the occasion, the city's party leader informed the guests of the city's socio-economic development, adding that the city has attached importance to cooperation and promotion of relations with Chinese localities, including Chinese companies and investors.

Currently, there are more than 300 Chinese companies doing business in HCM City, with a total investment of nearly 300 million U.S dollars. In 2013, the city exported goods to China worth over 1 billion U.S. dollars, while it spent more than 2.6 billion U.S. dollars to imports goods from China.

The City's party leader expressed his desire that in his position, Wang would help further promoting and strengthening the friendly relations between the CPV and CPC, and providing favorable conditions to localities and companies from China and HCM City, not only in economic area, but also in social organization activities.

Related: Vietnam, China's Guangdong Province boost trade cooperation

HANOI, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade in coordination with the authorities of China's Guangdong province held a forum on Monday in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City to boost trade exchange between Vietnam and the Chinese locality.

Addressing the forum, Zhao Yufang, vice governor of China's Guangdong province spoke highly of the achievements in trade and economic cooperation between Chinese Guangdong and Vietnamese businesses in the past years.

China-Vietnam government delegations meet on border talks

HANOI, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Vietnamese government delegations convened Friday on border negotiation.

Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son co- chaired the meeting.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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