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Premier Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam

Premier Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam,
Stressing to Advance Maritime, Onshore and Financial Cooperation in Parallel to Deepen
China-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership

On the afternoon of 13 October 2013, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council held talks at the Vietnamese Prime Minister's Office, Hanoi with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, exchanging in-depth views on fully developing China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and reaching important consensus.

Li Keqiang said that as friendly neighbours, maintaining healthy and stable development of China-Vietnam relations is conducive to the interest of both peoples and will benefit peace, development and prosperity of the region. Both sides should forge ahead in the overall strategic direction of bilateral relations and unswervingly follow the path of mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. Both sides should strive to innovate thinking in resolving the South China Sea issue, which is the only issue left over by history in bilateral relations. Both sides have reached consensus to set up simultaneously maritime, onshore and financial joint working groups and to launch their work within the year so as to advance cooperation in the three fields in parallel. This is an important breakthrough in China-Vietnam relations facing the future and especially the establishment of a working group for consultations on joint maritime development sends a positive signal that both sides are ready to resolve problems through cooperation. The consensus and common interests between China and Vietnam far outweigh the differences. China is ready to work with Vietnam to boost the overall development of cooperation along the maritime, onshore and financial tracks so as to promote each other and to achieve mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.

Li Keqiang expounded China's basic considerations on cooperation in the three fields.

First, to actively promote China-Vietnam joint maritime development and to set up the China-Vietnam working group for consultations on joint maritime development. At the same time, to accelerate the work of the working group for sea waters out of the mouth of Beibu Bay and to strive for substantive progress in joint development in sea waters out of the mouth so as to accumulate experience for exploring joint maritime development in an even wider range. To adhere to resolving disputes through friendly consultations and dialogue and negotiations.

Second, to strengthen strategic planning and to establish the working group on infrastructure cooperation. To promote overall development of bilateral practical cooperation in the fields of connectivity, economy, trade and investment.

Third, to enhance financial cooperation and to set up the China-Vietnam working group on financial cooperation. To study the possibility of discussing and signing bilateral local currency swap agreement and bilateral local currency settlement agreement to safeguard economic and financial stability and development of the two countries and of the region.

China is as well ready to continue to strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges with Vietnam and to promote youth exchanges as well as cultural and educational cooperation so as to consolidate the social foundation for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Nguyen Tan Dung, on behalf of the Vietnamese party, government and people, extended warm welcome to Li Keqiang for the official visit, thanked for China's long-time great precious support and help to Vietnam and wished China even greater development. Nguyen Tan Dung fully agreed with Li Keqiang on the proposals on further developing bilateral relations, expressing that Vietnam attaches great importance to relations with China. Vietnam is ready to further keep close high-level exchanges with China, to enhance political mutual trust, to advance in parallel maritime, onshore and financial cooperation, to strive to achieve positive practical outcomes as soon as possible, to boost communication and coordination in international and regional affairs and to properly manage differences so as to push for all-dimensional development of Vietnam-China friendly relations and cooperation. The Vietnamese side agrees to the ASEAN-China "2+7" cooperation framework proposed by Premier Li Keqiang and will play a positive role in developing ASEAN-China relations.

Following the talks, the two prime ministers jointly met the press and attended the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents in the fields of maritime affairs, finance, economy, trade and infrastructure.

Prior to the talks, Li Keqiang attended a grand welcome ceremony held by Nguyen Tan Dung in his honour at the square of Presidential Palace of Vietnam.

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