Vietnam’s economy is very open and vital, Chinese Ambassador to Hanoi Xiong Bo said in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
Referring to Vietnam’s economic recovery in 2022, the diplomat acknowledged the Southeast Asian country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of more than eight percent, the highest increase in the region and the world.
Vietnam is an attractive destination for foreign investors and its economy has fully integrated with the world, he said.
The Chinese diplomat confirmed that Vietnam has achieved the above outstanding results thanks to the wise leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) led by the Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trongthe government and the efforts of the Vietnamese people.
Regarding the results of the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Xiong Bo stressed that the Vietnamese party and government have effectively combined pandemic prevention with socio-economic development.
During the most difficult period of the epidemic, Vietnam has done its best to promote vaccination and ask for support from the international community, including China, he said.
In his address on anti-corruption, Ambassador Xiong Bo emphasized Vietnam’s efforts in this area and reiterated the similar policies and determination of the Chinese Communist Party and the CVP not to establish a black zone in the fight against this evil
Xiong Bo stressed that Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong and the CPV Central Committee attach great importance to anti-war work.corruption and enacted many legal documents in this regard.
Vietnam has taken very drastic measures with great determination, punishing officials who break the law, he said.
He also appreciated the establishment of anti-corruption steering committees at all levels, as well as a mechanism for disciplined executives to proactively resign.
He said China stands ready to work with Vietnam to crack down on corruption, in line with common perceptions reached by the two countries’ top leaders.
Regarding trade relations between Vietnam and ChinaAmbassador Xiong Bo stressed that despite the obstacles caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, the two-way trade reached more than $210 billion in the first 11 months of 2022.
Tet atmosphere in Vietnam (Source: VNA)
He said that if China-Vietnam cooperation in areas such as economics and trade are taken into account in the overall ties between the two countries, it would be impossible not to mention Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to China in late October 2022.
On this occasion, the top leaders of the two countries regained strategic consciousness and agreed to support each other in pursuing the socialist path, uphold the strategic direction of the top party leaders, and support each other to promote cooperation in all fields.
During the visit, both sides adopted a joint statement of political importance, covering many areas and creating favorable conditions for the two countries to continue cooperation in various sectors, including economy and trade.
China and Vietnam are in good standing to strengthen investment, economic and trade cooperation as they are two complementary economies, he said.
China supports domestic companies with potential, prestige and technology to invest in Vietnam in potential cooperation sectors such as digital economy development, green economy and new energy, he said.
He also expressed China’s willingness to strengthen bilateral economic and trade cooperation and fully restore air routes with Vietnam this year to facilitate travel and trade between the two countries.
Assessing Vietnam-China relations in general, Ambassador Xiong Bo echoed President Ho Chi Minh’s words that the bilateral relationship was “both comradely and brotherly,” and reiterated, “We are like-minded comrades, also very close brothers.”
In keeping with the atmosphere of Tet (Lunar New Year), the Chinese ambassador said it is a traditional festival of Vietnamese and Chinese with very similar customs.
Tet atmosphere in China (Source: VNA)
At every Tet occasion, from the grand street to every little alley in Hanoi, enjoy the festive atmosphere that gives the ambassador a sense of closeness and familiarity. Xiongbo because of similar customs such as the family reunion at the end of the year and attending the temple at the beginning of the new year.
However, he said that since this year is the Year of the Rabbit in China and the Year of the Cat in Vietnam, there are also differences and customs in each country.
The rich history and unique traditional culture of China and Vietnam, as well as the custom of welcoming the New Year in Japan and South Korea, contribute to the creation of oriental culture and civilization, he stressed, urging the role of China to be further appreciated and promoted oriental culture in world civilization.