Leading Chinese diplomat visits Vietnam for bilateral session

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High ranking Chinese politician diplomat Dai B i ngguo is visiting Vietnam from Monday to Friday this week for the fifth session of the Steering Committee for Vietnam-China Bilateral Cooperation .


The People's Republic of China (PRC) State Councilor will chair the meeting with Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan who had invited Dai earlier, the Vietnam News Agency said in a report.


During the session, Vietnamese and Chinese officials will review the development of the countries' relationship since the fourth committee meeting in China in early July, Ma Zhaoxu, the spokesman for PCR's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement.


The officials will exchange viewpoints and plans for future cooperation in different fields, Ma said.


Kong Xuanyou, the new Chinese ambassador to Vietnam, said that Dai Bingguo's visit is a significant event in Vietnam-China relations this year, marking an important encounter between the countries' leaders.


Dai has served in many important diplomatic roles since 1989, including serving as the Chinese Ambassador to Hungary from 1989 to 1991, serving in the PRC Foreign Ministry for many years, and becoming director of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 1997.


In May 2003, Dai returned to the Foreign Ministry and served as Vice Minister until April 2008.


He is responsible for handling the North Korea nuclear crisis and also works as President Hu Jintao's consultant on many national security issues.


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