Vietnamese, Chinese Party chiefs discuss plans to foster bilateral ties

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Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo credit: VNA Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo credit: VNA

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Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed initiatives to foster bilateral cooperation during a phone conversation on Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency reported. 
The talk came as the two countries are celebrating the Lunar New Year and the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. 
The proposed initiatives focus on facilitating high-level exchanges and actively realizing commitments while nurturing cooperation between the two Parties, governments, and peoples, according to the news agency. 
Trong said the Vietnamese-Sino traditional and neighborly friendship, fostered by President Ho Chi Minh and President Mao Zedong and succeeding leaders over the past 65 years, has been an invaluable asset that needs to be inherited and preserved. 
He said the two countries should enhance mutual understanding and trust, boost all-field cooperation for mutual benefits, and conduct dialogues and exchanges to solve the East Sea issues in accordance with past agreements and international law and practices. 
For his part, Xi said the Chinese Communist Party, government and people attach great importance to the friendship with their Vietnamese counterparts. 
He hoped the two countries will deepen their cooperation in all fields for mutual benefits, settle disagreements on the basis of common perceptions between senior leaders, and push the bilateral friendship forward. 
The two leaders exchanged invitations to visit the other's country. They agreed to arrange the visits at a suitable time. 

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