Hanoi said to be preparing for Xi’s visit next week

Chinese President Xi Jinping will likely visit Hanoi from Dec 12-13, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

Vietnamese and Chinese officials locked in the dates after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Vietnam last Friday and Saturday, said sources, who asked not to be identified as they are not authorised to speak about it.

Both China and Vietnam decided to move Xi’s trip up a couple of days because of scheduling reasons, one of the sources said.

Xi was previously expected to visit Dec 14-16.

Xi last visited Vietnam in 2017 when he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the coastal city of Danang.

His upcoming trip would come about three months after President Joe Biden’s visit to Vietnam.

Hanoi has upgraded its relationship with the US to a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” the same designation it uses for China and India. — Bloomberg

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