Chinese premier to visit Vietnam to boost ties

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Vietnam from October 13 to 15 as part of a week-long Southeast Asian tour.

"The visit is of significance in reinforcing trust and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries," Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi was quoted as saying by Vietnam News Agency.

He is scheduled to discuss with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung measures to boost all-round bilateral cooperation, but especially in economics and trade, and to exchange views on international and regional issues.

Li will also meet with other top leaders and business executives, attend meetings between Vietnamese and Chinese students, and visit some cultural and economic establishments in Hanoi.

His visit will be the first by a high-ranking Chinese leader since the country made a cabinet reshuffle in March.

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