Apart from the vaccines produced by China, the Chinese province also provided medical equipment and supplies in support of Vietnam’s pandemic prevention and control.

During the phone talks, the Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs congratulated Guangxi on its achievements in recent years, especially in controlling the pandemic and maintaining socio-economic development momentum, as well as its successful organisation of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son talks on the phone with Party Secretary of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe. (Photo: MOFA)

The Vietnamese Foreign Minister suggested the two sides maintain exchanges and contact at all levels in a flexible form; step up the sharing of information and policies related to pandemic prevention and control and coordinate in this work in border areas.

According to the Vietnamese Foreign Minister, the two sides should apply effective measures to maintain the growth momentum of economic-trade cooperation; facilitate the import of Vietnamese goods, especially agricultural and aquatic products; coordinate in managing border areas, speed up the construction of border gate infrastructure connectivity and soon complete internal procedures to upgrade border gates; and promptly handle arising problems.

For his part, Party Secretary of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe affirmed that Guangxi appreciates the fine development of China-Vietnam relations, as well as the achievements in cooperation between Guangxi and Vietnamese ministries, sectors and localities.

Guangxi will make efforts to improve the efficiency of customs clearance of goods at railway and road border gates, facilitate the import of Vietnamese products, and well implement common perceptions of high-ranking leaders of the two parties and two countries, and strengthen friendship exchanges and substantive cooperation with Vietnamese localities, especially those along the borderline, thus contributing to consolidating the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Earlier, during the meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh at the 13th meeting of the Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation between Vietnam and China in Hanoi on September 10, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged to provide 3 million doses of vaccines for Vietnam this year, bringing the total number of vaccines China has donated to Vietnam to 5.7 million doses./.

Compiled by BTA