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Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 09:49

Reciprocity boosts China-Vietnam ties in 2016

By Xinhua

Reciprocity boosts China-Vietnam ties in 2016
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang poses with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as they attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of th e People in Beijing on Sept 12, 2016. (Lintao Zhang / POOL / AFP)

HANOI - Bilateral visits by top Chinese and Vietnamese leaders in 2016 have reaffirmed their strong determination to boost the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries, and laid solid foundations for high-ranking trips as well as closer bilateral ties in 2017 .

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Throughout 2016, the leaders of Chinese and Vietnamese parties, states, governments and top legislatures have exchanged paid bilateral state and working visits and held talks to push forward strategic exchanges, reinforce political trust, strengthen cooperation in various spheres based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and win-win relations.

Throughout 2016, Chinese and Vietnamese leaders have exchanged bilateral state and working visits

This in twine with working to control and calmly settle disputes , and fostering the two countries' comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a more sound, stable and sustainable way.

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The year 2016 is also the time China and Vietnam celebrated the 25th anniversary of normalizing their relations.

China-Vietnam relations in 2016 were given a strong boost from the state visit to Vietnam by Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2015.

During the visit, the two sides agreed to adhere to the guidelines of long-term stability, looking into the future, good-neighborly friendship and comprehensive cooperation, as well as the spirit of good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners.

That pivotal state visit was followed by the Vietnam trip by General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping's special envoy Song Tao, who is also the head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, in January 2016.

During his visit, Song conveyed Xi's message on congratulating Nguyen Phu Trong on being re-elected as general secretary of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), and expressing his desire to work with the Vietnamese side to push forward the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Following Song's trip was the working visit to Vietnam by Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, in November 2016.

Meanwhile, the third China-Vietnam Youth Festival was jointly launched in Vietnam by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Communist Youth League of China Central Committees, to realize the common guidelines set by senior leaders of Chinese and Vietnamese parties and states on strengthening exchanges of people, especially young people between the two countries.

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