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China-Vietnam ties touted

Updated: 2016-10-21 07:19
By WANG QINGYUN (China Daily)
The two countries are 'a community of shared destiny of strategic significance', official says

China and Vietnam should work together to promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties in the long term, officials of both countries' ruling parties said at a meeting on Thursday.

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, met in Beijing with Dinh The Huynh, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Both Liu and Huynh said the two countries should increase exchanges between the CPC and the CPV, and deal with the South China Sea issue properly.

The meeting took place on the same day that President Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, met Huynh.

Xi told Huynh that the momentum of China-Vietnam ties should be cherished by both countries, adding that such ties will continue to develop steadily as long as the two stick to looking at the bigger picture, deal with discrepancies properly and conduct mutually-beneficial cooperation.

China and Vietnam are "a community of shared destiny of strategic significance", and the two should exchange views on major issues, broaden their consensus and increase mutual trust, said Liu, also a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee.

Bilateral ties have been moving in the right direction in recent years, and the exchange of visits last year by Xi and Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the CPV, paved the way for the development of such ties, Liu said.

Liu called for increased sharing of experiences related to party discipline and country governance between the two sides, and touted comprehensive exchanges between the two parties at various levels.

In addition, the two countries should strengthen people-to-people exchanges to increase mutual understanding between youths, Liu added.

On the South China Sea issue, Liu said the two must maintain the peace and stability of the region, manage their discrepancies properly and work toward enhanced maritime cooperation.

Huynh said that the two sides should implement the important consensus their leaders have reached, and let interparty exchanges and cooperation lead relations of the two countries.

China Central Television contributed to this story.

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