DPM/FM Pham Binh Minh meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have agreed to effectively implement cooperation mechanisms between the two foreign ministries and optimize their active coordination role in promoting ties between the two Parties and countries.
The two FMs met on the sidelines of the second Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of Mekong – Lancang Cooperation (MLC) held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from December 22-23.
Deputy PM Minh urged continued collaboration in effectively realising agreements and common perceptions of the two countries’ leaders, towards the healthy and stable development of Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
He asked China to facilitate upcoming high-level visits, take additional measures for more balanced bilateral trade and improve the scale and quality of China’s investment projects in Viet Nam.
The Deputy PM also called for strengthening bilateral ties in agriculture, science-technology, climate change response, research on new rice varieties adaptable to drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta, and establishing a mechanism on the exchange of nuclear safety information.
Speaking highly of the MLC mechanism, Minh suggested relevant agencies of Viet Nam and China jointly study the impacts of hydropower dams and proper water release plans while strengthening the harmonious and sustainable use of Mekong River water resources.
On sea-related issues, the Deputy PM requested serious implementation of common perceptions of the two Parties and nations’ leaders, consistent settlement of the East Sea disputes by peaceful means in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as respect for diplomatic and legal process.
The Vietnamese official urged that the two sides well manage disputes, maintain peace and stability at sea, refrain from actions that complicate the situation and escalate disputes, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and accelerate work towards completing a Code of Conduct in the East Sea next year.
Wang, for his part, agreed with the Deputy PM’s proposed measures to solidify ties, and vowed close coordination to prepare for visits next year.
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