Vietnamese Ambassador to China Pham Sao Mai (R) receives deputy mayor of Chongqing Li Bo
The statement was made during Li’s courtesy visit to the Vietnamese Embassy in China on October 26.
At the meeting, Ambassador Pham Sao Mai highlighted the importance attached to the strategic comprehensive partnership with China by the Vietnamese Party, State and people, and expressed his delight at increasing win-win friendship and cooperation between Vietnam’s localities and Chongqing.
The diplomat expressed his hope that both sides will step up delegation exchanges and mutually beneficial engagements in economy-trade, transport connectivity, logistics and tourism.
He asked the municipal authorities to facilitate activities of Vietnamese farm produce exporters and the operation of the Vietnam’s trade promotion office in Chongqing.
The preservation of the local memorial house dedicated to Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and the favourable conditions created for Vietnamese citizens in the city were also part of his request.
For his part, Li affirmed Chongqing highly values and wants to strengthen the friendship and collaboration with Vietnamese localities, particularly those with which it has established twin relations like Ho Chi Minh City, Cao Bang and Quang Ninh provinces.
According to Li, trade between Chongqing and Vietnam’s localities earned 31.6 billion CNY (4.7 billion USD) in the first eight months of 2020, up 87.7 percent on-year. Meanwhile, the value of goods from Vietnam have to date accounted for 18 percent of Chongqing’s total import turnover this year./.