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Chinese embassy’s press conference on resumption of Vietnam-China trade

Updated: 10/12/2020 00:00

The Chinese Embassy in Vietnam on May 7 held a press teleconference on the bilateral relations and international cooperation amid COVID-19 prevention and control.

Customs clearance at a border gate (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the event, Minister-Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam Yin Haihong said 2020 is a special year in bilateral relations as the two countries are celebrating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

On January 16, Vietnamese Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong held phone talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, during which they agreed to enhance political trust and promote traditional solidarity and friendship between the two nations for the sake of their people and for peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world, Yin said, adding that the two leaders also consented to properly settle existing problems in bilateral relations.

On the foundation of common perceptions reached by top leaders, the countries have worked to foster cooperation and exchanges, Yin said.

The diplomat said amid the COVID-19 pandemic, senior leaders of the two nations informed each other about the outcomes of fighting the disease in each country.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang recently joined talks on cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, she said.

Although bilateral trade and exchanges were partly affected by COVID-19, cooperation in epidemic prevention and control has become a spotlight in Vietnam – China ties.

Speaking highly of efforts of China and Vietnam to prevent and contain the epidemic in recent times, Yin underlined that the two countries have supported each other and discussed cooperation in coping with its new developments.

As China was at the most difficult time to struggle against the pandemic, the Vietnamese Government donated medical supplies worth 500,000 USD to China at the earliest time, she said, adding that the Vietnam Red Cross Society also presented medical equipment worth 100,000 USD to the Chinese people.

Vietnamese provinces bordering China also granted medical supplies to Chinese counterparts. In particular, two Chinese COVID-19 patients were successfully treated in Vietnam for free and the considerate care of Vietnamese medical staff impressed the Chinese people, she said.

Yin added that considering seriousness and demand of several countries, China sent teams of medical staff to share experience and offer medical supplies to them, including Vietnam.

Answering questions about ways to reduce trade deficit between Vietnam and China, she said the two countries are striving to recover and boost trade and investment, contributing to their sustainable trade.

“We always work as a bridge for the countries’ relevant agencies to continue trading activities and seek the most pragmatic measures to boost bilateral trade,” Yin stressed.

The diplomat also mentioned measures to overcome economic impacts after the epidemic is pushed back and intensify two-way trade in the near future.

About farm produce stuck at some border gates, Yin said the two countries’ authorities discussed measures to promptly deal with the issue./.