During the visit, Mr Manh held talks with Party General Secretary and State President of China Hu Jintao, and met with Chairman of the National People’s Congress Wu Bangquo, Premier Wen Jiabao and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin. The two sides informed each other of the situation in their respective Party and country, exchanged views on relations between the two Parties and countries as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern, and reached a common consensus on these issues. They held that the visit was successful, helping boost the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
The Chinese side praised Vietnam for its tremendous and historically significant achievements during the past 20 years of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process and believed that Vietnamese people will successfully carry out objectives and tasks mapped out by the 10th National Party Congress.
The Vietnamese side praised the tremendous achievements China has made during the open-door policy and reform process and in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. They believed that Chinese people will successfully implement the goal of building a prosperous society and accelerating modernisation of socialism.
The two sides expressed their satisfaction at the development of relations between the two Parties and countries in recent years and said the Sino-Vietnamese friendship is a valuable asset of the two Parties and countries, which should be preserved and fostered for future generations.
To promote mutual understanding and expand exchanges and cooperation, the two sides agreed to continue to follow the motto of friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, durable stability and future-oriented vision and the spirit of good neighbourliness, good friendship, good comrades and good partnership.
They also agreed to maintain high-level visit exchanges, discuss in-depth theoretical and practical issues of Party building and national management, enhance the dissemination of information and education of the time-honoured Sino-Vietnamese friendship, encourage and support exchanges and cooperation in culture, education, sci-tech and sports, and cooperation between organisations and localities, particularly between young people of the two countries.
The two sides were satisfied at the development of economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries in recent years and determined to make the most of the chance to implement their five-year national socio-economic development plans. They agreed to further expand economic and trade cooperation on a larger scale, take measures to balance trade exchanges and make efforts to raise bilateral trade to US$10 billion before 2010. They said they support and encourage the two countries’ businesspeople to develop long-term cooperation projects in infrastructure construction, manufacturing industry, human resources development, energy, mineral ore processing and other important industries.
The two sides agreed to boost the building of the “two corridor-one beltway” between the two countries and other economic links in the framework of the ASEAN Free Trade Area.
China strongly supports Vietnam’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) soon.
The two sides signed an Economic-Technical Cooperation Agreement between the two Governments and an agreement under which China’s Import-Export bank lends credit capital to the Cam Pha 1 Thermo-Electric Power Plant in Vietnam.
The two sides shared the view that progress has been made in demarcation and planting of land border markers between the two countries. They said the two countries will coordinate closer to speed up the work so that the two countries can complete and sign a new document on border management regulations by 2008 at the latest.
They spoke highly of the implementation of the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf Border Demarcation Agreement and the Fishing Cooperation Agreement in the Gulf, as well as conducting joint patrols in the Gulf. The two sides agreed to boost cooperation in exploring and exploiting oil structures running across the Gulf’s borderline and other cooperation fields in the area. They said the two countries will accelerate negotiations on demarcation of the territory off the Gulf, and exchange views on cooperation for development in the region.
The two sides agreed to continue to consolidate negotiations on marine matters to maintain stability in the EastSea and seek appropriate cooperation models in the region.
The Vietnamese side affirmed its support for “one-China” policy and Chinese people’s desire for national reunification. Vietnam strongly opposes any act to claim “independent Taiwan” in all forms, supports the National People’s Congress of China’s adoption of the Anti-Secession Law and welcomes détente between the mainland and the Strait of Taiwan in recent years.
The Vietnamese side affirmed that Vietnam only conducts non-governmental economic exchanges and does not develop any formal relations with Taiwan.
The Chinese side welcomed Vietnam’s stance.
The two sides expressed satisfaction at settling regional and international issues and agreed to boost bilateral cooperation and coordination at multilateral forums such as the United Nations, APEC, and China-ASEAN Free Trade Area. They vowed to make greater efforts to promote peace, stability, prosperity and development in the region and the world.
The Chinese side reaffirmed its strong support for Vietnam’s hosting of the 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit this November.
Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh thanked top Chinese leaders and people for their warm welcome and invited Mr Hu to visit Vietnam and attend the 14th APEC summit in Hanoi. The invitation was accepted with pleasure.