President Hu Jintao met Tuesday visiting Vietnamese top
legislator Nguyen Phu Trong, and they pledged to enhance bilateral
Nguyen, chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, is paying
an official good-will visit to China from April 8 to 15.
During the meeting Hu spoke highly of the traditional friendship
between China and Vietnam, and said the two countries should
earnestly implement cooperative deals signed between them and to
cooperate on big projects to ensure rapid trade growth.
The total trade volume between Vietnam and China hit almost
US410 billion in 2006, up 21.4 percent from the previous year.
"China is ready to work with Vietnam to appropriately deal with
the issue of land and maritime borders to jointly maintain peace in
the border area," said Hu.
The Chinese president also said the two countries should further
coordinate on international and regional affairs to benefit the
people of the two countries and all Asians.
The parliaments of the two countries should promote exchanges
and learn from each other on promoting democracy and the rule of
law, said Hu.
Nguyen said Vietnam attaches great importance to traditional
friendship with China and will make joint efforts with China to
lift bilateral ties to a new height.
Nguyen is making his first China tour since taking office last
China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and top political advisor Jia
Qinglin met with Nguyen separately on Monday.
(Xinhua News Agency April 11, 2007)