BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping Friday urged closer ties with Vietnam, saying the differences between the two countries should be properly dealt with.
While meeting Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem in Beijing, Xi highlighted the sound development of cooperative ties between the two neighbors.
Friendship and reciprocal cooperation are the major features of the bilateral relationship, Xi said.
Xi added since normalization of bilateral ties, cooperation between the two countries "has brought benefits to the two peoples."
China and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1950. Bilateral ties deteriorated in late 1970s and normalized in 1991.
The two countries established a comprehensive and strategic partnership of cooperation in 2008.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Vietnam diplomatic ties and is the China-Vietnam Friendship Year.
In 2004, China and Vietnam agreed upon the demarcation of the Beibu Gulf, the northern part of the South China Sea.
In late 2008, the two countries completed the demarcation of their 1,300-kilometer-long land border. The two countries have pledged to jointly tackle the South China sea issue.
Xi said China and Vietnam are both socialist countries under the leadership of communist parties.
Both countries face the tasks of economic development and improving people's lives, Xi added.
Khiem said Vietnam hopes to work with China to enhance exchanges at various levels, promote trade cooperation and maintain peace and stability on the sea.
Khiem and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo in Beijing Thursday co-chaired the fourth meeting of the China-Vietnam steering committee on cooperation and agreed on further cooperation.
The committee, launched in 2006 in Hanoi, is designed to coordinate China-Vietnam cooperation in various fields.