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Xi Jinping Speaks with General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong on the Phone

On February 8, 2021, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Xi Jinping congratulated Nguyen Phu Trong again on his election as the general secretary of the CPV Central Committee, noting that the successful convening of the 13th National Congress of the CPV, which has set development goals for the new stage, bears great significance in the development process of the cause of the CPV and Vietnam. He expressed the belief that under the leadership of the new CPV Central Committee headed by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the CPV and the Vietnamese people will implement in an all-around way the decisions and deployments of the 13th National Congress of the CPV to strive to achieve the development goals of the CPV and the country.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Vietnam are a community with a shared future which bears strategic significance, adding that the continuously sound and stable development of bilateral relations conforms to the fundamental interests of the two parties, countries and peoples, and is conducive to the vigorous development of their socialist causes, to safeguarding regional and world peace and stability, and to promoting development and prosperity. In the face of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the challenge of complicated external environment, pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields has been enhanced against the headwinds, which reflected the remarkable advantages of the leadership of the communist parties and socialist systems, and demonstrated the great vitality of the relations between the two parties and countries.

Xi Jinping pointed out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC and the launch of China's 14th Five-Year Plan. It is also the first year for Vietnam to implement the spirit of the 13th National Congress of the CPV. China-Vietnam relations are standing at a new historical starting point. China stands ready to join forces with Vietnam to strengthen strategic communication, increase political mutual trust, and maintain the political guidance role of and close communication between the leaderships of the two parties, pushing for steady and enduring development of bilateral ties. China is willing to work with Vietnam to accelerate the synergy of the Belt and Road Initiative with the "Two Corridors, One Belt," promote the construction of cross-border economic cooperation zones between the two countries, and explore exchanges and cooperation in such fields as healthcare, digital economy and humanities. The two sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs, firmly uphold the international system with the United Nations at its core, oppose protectionism and unilateralism, and support a fast entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Both sides should also properly manage the maritime differences and stand against the instigation of external forces to promote the development of regional peace and stability.

Nguyen Phu Trong thanked General Secretary Xi Jinping for the good wishes on his re-election as the general secretary of the CPV Central Committee, noting that the 13th National Congress of the CPV has set the direction and tasks for the country's economic and social development in the next five years and the development visions to 2030 and 2045. Developing and strengthening the traditional friendly relations between Vietnam and China have always been the top priority of the CPV and Vietnam. The Vietnamese side spoke highly of China's achievements in pandemic prevention and control as well as the recovery of economic development, and congratulated China on its achieving the first centenary goal. Against the background of complex changes in the current international situation, it is of vital importance to consolidate and develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two parties, countries and peoples. Vietnam is willing to work with China to deepen political mutual trust, strengthen inter-party exchanges, accelerate the implementation of bilateral pragmatic cooperation agreements, steer the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership along the path of sustained, healthy and stable development, and make contributions to promoting regional and global peace, stability, cooperation and development. The Vietnamese side congratulated the CPC on its 100th anniversary and expressed the firm belief that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, China will make new and greater achievements in its new journey to fully build a modern socialist country.

Xi Jinping and Nguyen Phu Trong exchanged Lunar New Year greetings and wished the two peoples happiness and good health.

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