China and Vietnam reach important consensus in Beijing

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:11 GMT, May 12, 2017 |

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s state visit to China will achieve fruitful results and the two countries will continue to strengthen practical cooperation under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative, says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

Liu made the remarks on Thursday after Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang in Beijing.

It is Quang’s first visit to China after taking office.The vice foreign minister said the two countries’ leaders reached important consensus and will continue to push for closer collaboration in various sectors.

The South China Sea was discussed during their meeting but the main tone was positive, Liu told the media.

“Chinese and Vietnamese government will continue their negotiation under the delegation mechanism and will continue to strengthen maritime cooperation on insensitive sectors, and to enhance collaboration on joint research and development in the Beibu Gulf. So I think that talking about the South China Sea Issue this time is really a positive piece of news,” Liu said.

Quang will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which will be held on May 14 and 15.

The Vietnamese side has stated their expectation several times that the upcoming forum can boost the establishment of smooth and effective economic contact between countries and regions, and promote interconnection on traffic infrastructure as well as trade and investment facilitation.

“I think the two sides especially have much communication on strengthening the docking between the construction of the Belt and Road and Vietnam’s ‘Two Corridors and one Ring’. The two nations will also sign related joint documents in the near future. And since we are talking about boosting cooperation on cross-border economic zones, I think there will also be results achieved on this issue in near future,” Liu said.