Xi urges closer Vietnam ties

XI Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, sent a congratulatory message to Nguyen Phu Trong on his re-election as Vietnam’s Communist Party chief, highlighting the need for stronger bilateral strategic communication and advancing the nations’ traditional friendship.

Xi said in the message on Sunday that he was glad to have learned that Trong had been re-elected as the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPV).

Trong, who is also Vietnam’s president, was elected to his third term at a plenary session of the CPV Central Committee on Sunday.

The session was held during the CPV’s 13th National Congress, a gathering once every five years to chart the country’s next period and beyond.

On behalf of the CPC Central Committee and in his own name, Xi extended warm congratulations to Trong as well as to the new central leadership of the CPV.

Since its 12th National Congress, the CPV, under the strong leadership of the CPV Central Committee led by Trong, has stepped up its Party building and led the Vietnamese people to a host of achievements in socialist development and reform, Xi said.

The success of the CPV’s 13th National Congress has opened a new chapter of the socialist modernisation drive in Vietnam, he said, adding that he believed the Vietnamese Party and state were on course to attain greater achievements under the new leadership.

China and Vietnam, as friendly neighbours, were a community with a shared future that was of strategic significance, Xi said.

He said he highly valued the relations between the two parties and nations, and he was ready to work with Trong to deepen exchanges in various areas, promote the socialist course and jointly guide the sustained, healthy and stable growth of the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership.

He also stressed the need to usher in more benefits to people from both nations and make positive contributions to regional and global peace, development and win-win cooperation.

The two leaders have engaged in close contacts in recent years. — China Daily/ANN

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