The talks are part of Minister Son’s ongoing official visit to China from December 2-4.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

At the meeting, the two sides highly valued the progress of the bilateral relations in this year despite impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both officials agreed that the enhancement of the Vietnam - China comprehensive strategic partnership in all fields is in line with the basic and long-term benefits of the two peoples.

They discussed measures to enhance coordination in COVID-19 prevention and control in order to maintain trade and economic exchange activities.

The Chinese FM stressed that China will continue to work closely with Vietnam in the COVID-19 prevention and control, including cooperation in vaccination. He also announced China’s 20 million CNY (3.13 million USD) assistance for Vietnam to purchase medical equipment and 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Vietnamese localities.

At the talks

During the talks, the two sides straightforwardly exchanged views on border and territory-related issues, and consented to strictly implement three related legal documents and coordinate closely in managing the shared land border and dealing with arising problems in a timely manner, contributing to the building of a shared borderline of peace, cooperation and development.

The two consented to continue to strictly abide by the joint perceptions reached by high-ranking leaders of both sides, and the agreement on major principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues, well control disputes at sea, and maintain peace and security in the East Sea (South China Sea).

They vowed to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and actively speed up negotiations for an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with international law, including the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

Source: VNA

Translated by Chung Anh