Chinese, Vietnamese FMs talk over phone about ties – Xinhua

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) talks with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son in Anji, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Dec 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)

At a time of unprecedented global changes, a once-in-a-century pandemic, and the Ukraine crisis, China and Vietnam should give full play to the political advantages of both sides and both countries, and carry forward their traditional friendship of “comrades and brothers,” said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son on Thursday regarding bilateral ties.

China and Vietnam are close neighbors and both pursue a socialist path, Wang noted.

At a time of unprecedented global changes, a once-in-a-century pandemic and the Ukrainian crisis, the two countries should give full play to the political advantages of both parties and both countries, and continue their traditional friendship of “comrades and brothers,” Wang said.

The two countries should handle their own affairs well while maintaining the momentum of development and revitalization, Wang said, adding that they should also strengthen strategic communication and make new contribution to safeguarding peace and regional stability.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that China will donate 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to ASEAN members within a year, Wang said.

China stands ready to continue to provide Vietnam with anti-pandemic assistance, including COVID-19 vaccines, medical supplies and COVID-19 drugs, while pressing for prompt provision of assistance Vietnamese people’s livelihoods, Wang said.

Wang called for efforts from both sides to strengthen joint prevention and control efforts in border port areas to ensure the safety of people at border ports and goods exported to China.

Wang also expressed hope that the two countries will launch more cross-border rail services, promote connections with the new Western Land-Sea Corridor and build a “green passage” with smoother logistics for Vietnamese high-grade agricultural products. quality exported to China.

At present, the situation in the South China Sea has remained generally stable thanks to the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, Wang said, adding that it is precisely some forces outside the region with ulterior motives that fear that the South China Sea will be chaotic.

It is in the common interests of China and Vietnam to maintain peace in the South China Sea, Wang said, noting that it is necessary to give full play to the role of land boundary negotiations and the three maritime working groups, to push for substantial progress in delimiting waters outside the mouth of Beibu Gulf and joint development in the South China Sea, and to avoid unilateral actions that might complicate the situation.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, Wang said, calling on relevant parties to seize the opportunity to quickly reach an agreement on the code of conduct at sea. of South China, in order to provide a stronger guarantee for the long-term stability of the South China Sea.

Wang also expressed hope that Vietnam will play an active and constructive role in this regard.

For his part, Son extended congratulations on China’s successful hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and wished success to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Always considering relations with China as a top priority of its foreign policy, Vietnam, he said, is willing to strengthen strategic communication with China, consolidate political mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. and to promote the continuous development of the overall Vietnam-China strategy. cooperative partnership.

Expressing gratitude for China’s strong support for Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic, he said Vietnam understands and respects China’s COVID-19 prevention policy, and expects the two countries to continue to adopt flexible and effective measures to ensure security against COVID-19 and the proper functioning of ports.

In the context of complex international and regional changes, Vietnam is ready to work with China to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, quickly achieve a substantial and effective code of conduct in the South China Sea. South China Sea and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.

He expressed hope that substantial progress will be made in the consultations of the three maritime working groups of the two sides, with the demarcation of waters outside the mouth of Beibu Gulf to be promoted as a priority.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukrainian issue. Wang said the Ukraine issue has once again made Asian countries realize that maintaining peace and stability is valuable and engaging in group confrontation will lead to endless risks.

The United States is trying to create regional tension and provoke confrontation by pushing the “Indo-Pacific strategy”, which will seriously harm the hard-won peaceful development in the region and seriously erode the ASEAN-centric regional cooperation structure, did he declare.

We cannot let the Cold War mentality return to the region and the tragedy of Ukraine repeat itself around us, Wang said.

Noting that China and Vietnam are socialist countries, he said China is willing to strengthen unity and cooperation with Vietnam, resist external risks, deal with the repercussions of the Ukraine crisis on the region. and to play an active role in maintaining regional peace. and stability.

Son said Vietnam appreciates China’s contribution to promoting peace talks, ending conflicts and preventing humanitarian crises.

Vietnam maintains that all parties concerned should abide by the UN Charter and international law and seek a long-term solution to disputes based on respect for the legitimate rights and interests and interests of all parties.

Vietnam shares many similarities with China in its position and hopes to continue communication with China on the Ukraine issue, Son said.

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