Party leader meets with Chinese premier

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Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong Wednesday met with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Beijing, Vietnam News Agency reported.

During the meeting, the two leaders agreed that Vietnam and China will continuously strengthen their friendship, especially the "political trust" between the countries' high-ranking leaders, the VNA report said.

The news agency said Trong and Wen expressed appreciation of the recent signing of a five-year project to develop the countries' economic and trade cooperation. They hoped that the project will be carried out effectively benefiting both countries.

Later that day Trong, who started his five-day visit to China on Tuesdy, also met with members of the Communist Party of China, officials at the Vietnamese embassy to China, and overseas Vietnamese students, VNA added.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh on the same day met with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie.

Thanh said the countries' military forces need to apply the ground rules to resolve sea issues as has been agreed in writing by leaders, contributing to the stabilization of their relationship and promoting peace and development in the region.

Liang agreed with Thanh, saying military forces need to promote their roles positively, and be cautious with their words and actions so that issues don't get heated up.

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