Mr Wen told the visiting Vietnamese Party General Secretary that China is seeking to balance trade exchanges with Vietnam, and to effectively implement already signed projects, particularly a bauxite exploitation project in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong and the building of the “two corridors-one economic beltway” to link the two economies.
Mr Wen told Mr Manh that China will make efforts to raise bilateral trade exchanges to US$10 billion this year ahead of the 2010 schedule, continue to grant non-refundable aid and preferential credits to Vietnam, and expand cooperation with Vietnam in such areas as education, training, culture, tourism and sports.
Through Mr Manh, the Chinese Premier conveyed his congratulations to Nguyen Tan Dung on his election as Vietnamese Prime Minister and invited him to visit China and attend the China-ASEAN summit in China this October.
During a separate meeting, Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China Wu Bangquo spoke highly of the effective cooperation between the two countries’ legislative bodies and affirmed that China will coordinate closely with Vietnam to boost and keep a close watch on the implementation of cooperative agreements between the two countries.
Mr Wu conveyed his congratulations to Nguyen Phu Trong on his election as Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly and said he will pay an official visit to Vietnam soon.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Jia Qinglin told Mr Manh at another reception that CPPCC organisations are willing to expand exchanges and share experiences with Vietnam Fatherland Front organisations. He said the two sides should devise and implement practical programmes of action to promote traditional friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.
Mr Manh told Chinese leaders that high-level visit exchanges between the two countries will help perfect the Party leadership and the building of a law-governed socialist state in each country, strengthen the bloc of great national unity and renew operations of mass organisations.
He expressed his belief that traditional friendship and neighbourly and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries will further develop for the interests of the two nations.
The same day, Mr Manh received the chairman of the China-Vietnam Friendship Association and Vietnamese Embassy staff in Beijing.