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President Xi's Vietnam visit to hail better times

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-05-2015 16:07 BJT

By Hu Zhengyue, CNTV commentator

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam. Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Vietnam on Nov. 5-6  is of   great significance.


Beijing and Hanoi have formed a comprehensive strategic partnership. They share many interests. Both countries adhere to socialism led by the Communist Party. They are neighbors, who should advance and retreat together. The two countries are pushing forward reform and at a critical phase in their development.

Beijing seeks more cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Vietnam possesses natural geographic advantages that can play a positive role in China's "the Belt & Road" initiative. Some countries try to contain China by taking advantage of Vietnam.

Hanoi should not sacrifice its cooperation with Beijing to cater to ulterior motives of other nations. China and Vietnam will keep friendly relations. High-level exchanges should be maintained. Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam's Communist Party chief visited China this April.

In September, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang attended the V-Day Parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. President Xi’s visit to Vietnam will be the first for China's top leader in over a decade.

Regional cooperation, international situation and development strategies will be hot topics during the meeting. Additionally, China has just convened the Fifth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and proposed the next five-year plan. The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)  will assemble for its 12th National Congress at the beginning of next year.

Leaders can exchange views on development prospects for the following years. Both sides should focus on cooperation. Yes, Beijing and Hanoi have engaged in South China Sea disputes. However, it is just a partial issue. Vietnam has a population of 90 million, only second to that of Indonesia among ASEAN members.

Both sides should enhance mutual investments. Chinese entrepreneurs can cooperate with their Vietnamese counterparts to construct airports, roads and railways.

The two sides should also control differences. Small wonder that issues exist between neighbors. The South China Sea dispute should not get over-heated. The two sides can pursue overseas collaboration via reasonable ways. Both sides should strengthen negotiations and avoid intensifying conflicts.

Cultural and educational exchanges should be enhanced. As the ancient Chinese saying goes, "Amity between people holds the key to sound relations between states." Harmony is built on mutual understanding and cooperation. The Chinese people look forward to Xi's successful visit to Vietnam.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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