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Chinese, Vietnamese presidents meet on ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang in Vladivostok, east Russia, on Sept. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang exchanged views on bilateral ties here Friday on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

China and Vietnam are friendly neighbors linked with mountains and rivers, with the friendship built on the efforts of older generations of leaders, Hu said, adding the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government attach great importance to the friendship with Vietnam.

The Chinese president pointed out that it is an established policy of the CPC and the Chinese government to reinforce and develop good-neighborly and friendly cooperation with Vietnam.

"The Chinese side is ready to work with Vietnam to deepen our traditional friendship, expand practical cooperation and advance our comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership," Hu said.

During the meeting, Hu put forward a three-point proposal in a bid to strengthen China-Vietnam ties.

First, the two countries should stick to the right direction when dealing with bilateral relations and stand firm for the friendship, Hu said.

"In any case, the two sides should hold high the banner of China-Vietnam friendship," he said.

Second, both countries should continuously broaden positive sides of bilateral relations. The Chinese leader said that the two sides need to bring China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation and China-Vietnam Economic and Trade Committee into full play and strive for more achievements of cooperation in the spirit of mutual benefit and double win.

Third, China and Vietnam should promote people-to-people ties through multi-level and wide-range exchange and with more positive media coverage of bilateral cooperation, Hu said.

Sang said the traditional friendship between the two neighboring countries and the two peoples is a treasure that both sides are responsible to safeguard.

Vietnam has consistently advocated a strategy of strengthening and consolidating the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China, he said.

Vietnam is ready to work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, enhance mutual trust, promote economic and trade cooperation, enrich people-to-people contact and strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs, the Vietnamese president said.

On behalf of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese government, Sang congratulated China on its economic and social achievements and wished the upcoming 18th CPC National Congress a great success.

Hu acknowledged that China-Vietnam relations ran into some difficulties recently due to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, which is not what the Chinese side wants to see.

"The two sides should insist on political resolution of the disputes, persistently pursue the route of putting aside disputes and jointly developing the area, stick to bilateral negotiation and friendly consultation and firmly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea," he said.

Hu said under the current situation, the two sides should jointly implement the consensus already reached in the consultation and avoid taking any unilateral action that may aggravate, complicate or internationalize the disputes.

Both sides should not let the South China Sea issue affect East Asia cooperation and regional stability, Hu said.

Sang said the Vietnamese side is ready to work with the Chinese side to proceed from the strategic interests of both countries to implement the consensus reached by their leaders and push for an early resolution of the disputes through peaceful and friendly consultation.

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