Vietnam says it will not follow others to oppose China; Experts note that ‘the United States has no chance of using the question of sovereignty to divide the region’
Vietnam made positive comments on its relations with China during Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe’s visit to the country, stressing that Vietnam will never follow other countries to oppose to China.
Chinese experts said on Tuesday that Hanoi was becoming more and more mature and noted that the Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by the United States will undermine regional integration, unity and peace, as it makes use of the differences between the regional countries to exaggerate and escalate tensions, and Hanoi does not. I don’t want to be used.
Wei met with Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday during his trip to Vietnam, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.
Congratulations on China’s success in combating COVID-19 and achieving economic development, Trong called on the two countries to maintain and promote their traditional friendship and advance the relationship between the two countries’ armies.
Regarding the South China Sea issue, Trong said the two countries should properly deal with the issue on the basis of mutual trust and respect, and prevent any related negative effects on bilateral relations.
Xu Liping, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, told the Global Times on Tuesday that “relations between the Chinese Communist Party [CPC] and the CPV has always guided and directed the direction of the development of Sino-Vietnamese relations. Through a series of tests over the past decades, the CPC-CVP relationship is emerging as a cornerstone that stabilizes tensions and seeks solutions based on mutual respect when both parties have disagreements. “
China and Vietnam are both socialist countries, they share common interests in ideology and political security, and they are more integrated in terms of the economy, Chinese analysts said.
The Secretary General of the CPV also said that the two Parties and countries will redouble their efforts to maintain a peaceful and cooperative environment on the basis of respect for each other’s legitimate rights and friendship, for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and around the world, according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam supports China to prosper and to make increasingly active and practical contributions to peace, stability and development in the region and around the world, reported the VNA.
Phuc said Vietnam strongly upholds the one-China principle and opposes any interference by forces in China’s internal affairs. Vietnam will never follow some other countries to oppose China, Xinhua reported.
This is not only a friendly expression towards China, but also a clear signal to the United States and other Western countries outside the region that Vietnam will not be used by outside forces, Xu said, noting that in the past the United States has made efforts. to attract Vietnam to achieve its strategic goal of containing China, but such attempts will fail due to Hanoi’s independent and mature political position.
After experiencing a series of friction and tension in recent years, Vietnam and many other countries in the region have learned that the US intervention in the South China Sea issue, as well as the latest proposed Indo-Pacific strategy by Washington, aim to divide the region, to undermine regional integration and to use the differences and disputes between countries in the region to hype and create tension, Chinese foreign experts said.
Gu Xiaosong, an expert on Southeast Asian studies at the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday that China continues to be Vietnam’s biggest trading partner despite the negative impact of the severe COVID-19 pandemic, which reflects how the latter two countries value their relationship and help each other, especially in times of difficulty.
Sino-Vietnamese trade reached more than $ 133 billion in 2020, up 13.8% year-on-year, according to data on the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s website.
Gu predicted that Hanoi’s Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line, the country’s first which is built by China Railway Sixth Group Co and is expected to be handed over to city authorities for business cooperation in May, will serve as a flagship project for local China. investment, and further strengthen friendly ties.
The presence of both the General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and the Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at Wei’s reception also demonstrated the great importance that Southeast Asia attaches to its relations with China, said observers.
The exchange of CPC-CPV leaders is a unique and crucial feature of the development of Sino-Vietnamese relations, which also ensures that such development is always on track despite their differences on the South China Sea issue, Gu said.
Earlier on Sunday, Wei met and held talks with Vietnamese Defense Chief Phan Van Giang and the two witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on strengthening international military cooperation between ministries. of the national defense of China and Vietnam.