President Xi Jinping said China and Vietnam should value the positive developments in their bilateral relationship, properly handle disputes and expand cooperation.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks on Thursday while meeting Dinh The Huynh, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and executive secretary of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee.
Xi said that with efforts from both sides, China-Vietnam relations could maintain positive momentum with good progress and cooperation across the board.
The two countries should continue their friendship, maintain their current ties, properly handle disputes and expand cooperation, he added.
Calling the two countries “a community of a shared future,” Xi said closer communication between the CPC and the CPV would help them reach a strategic consensus.
He also urged the two ruling parties to continue to share their experience in governance to enhance the abilities of both sides.
Huynh said it was a consistent strategy and policy choice for Vietnam and the CPV to strengthen friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
He said the Vietnamese side was willing to strengthen political trust, make better use of cooperation systems and enhance bilateral cooperation to promote the sound and stable development of relations between the two countries.
Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, held talks with Huynh on Thursday afternoon, pledging to enhance party-to-party relations and share experiences in Party building and national governance.
Liu said both countries should safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea region, properly manage differences and push forward maritime cooperation.
Huynh said Vietnam and China should appropriately handle the South China Sea issue, maintain maritime security and increase the friendly feelings of the people to achieve the long-term healthy, stable development of bilateral relationship.