HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân hailed the progress made in Việt Nam-China co-operation while receiving Liu Yunshan, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Tuesday.

Talking to Liu, who is also a member of China’s Politburo Standing Committee, PM Phúc reiterated that the Vietnamese Party, State and people always attach importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership with China.

He applauded recent substantive co-operation achievements, especially in investment, trade and tourism, along with China’s expansion of imports of Việt Nam’s goods and agricultural products.

He asked both sides to promote the effectiveness of co-operation mechanisms, improve substantive co-operation in all fields, work harder to tackle existing problems in bilateral ties, while accelerating and bettering the quality of joint projects.

They also need to make concerted efforts to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, comply with the common perceptions shared between leaders of the two Parties and countries, avoid any actions that may escalate tensions, and join ASEAN countries to negotiate a code of conduct of parties in the East Sea (COC).

Secretary Liu also stressed that the Chinese Party and State treasure relations with their Vietnamese counterparts and want to join Việt Nam in lifting the comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership to new heights.

Bilateral co-operation, particularly in economy and trade, is flourishing, he said, noting that China supports the healthy and balanced development of economic and trade ties. It also hopes for the continued enhancement of connecting the two countries’ development strategies.

At another meeting in Hà Nội, NA Chairwoman Ngân congratulated China on its recent major achievements, valuing the encouraging outcomes in bilateral ties in various fields, including the relationship between the NA of Việt Nam and the National People’s Congress of China.

She also asked both sides to fully and seriously implement agreements and common perceptions reached by leaders of the two Parties and countries. They should also further consolidate the social foundation and friendship between the two peoples, thus developing Việt Nam-China relations in a healthy, stable and long-term manner.

Meanwhile, the Chinese official expressed his hope for stronger political trust, sharing of strategies, cooperation and friendship exchanges, thereby fostering connections between the Parties and the countries. He also voiced his support for more exchanges between the two parliaments and peoples.