Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan made the proposal at a reception given by Yunnan governor Li Jiheng on June 2.
Nhan, who has been in Yunnan for a working visit, told his host that both sides need to increase cooperation in economics, trade, investment, science-technology, education-training, sports, culture and tourism.
Priority should be given to building transport infrastructure to connect their localities, facilitating trade exchanges as well as travel between the two sides, said the Vietnamese Deputy PM.
Vietnam has four provinces bordering Yunnan, namely Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Ha Giang and Lao Cai.
According to Nhan, the four Vietnamese localities and Yunnan should work close together to realise Vietnam-China documents on land border and combat cross-border crimes to maintain order and security along the common borderline.
He said the strategic comprehensive cooperation partnership between Vietnam and China has developed well, especially after a China visit by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (in October 2011) and a Vietnam visit by Vice President Xi Jinping (in December 2011).
Such a good relationship has created favourable conditions for trade exchange between the two countries’ localities to grow and flourish, said Nhan, adding that Vietnam-Yunnan trade alone hit US$1.21 billion, up 27.7 percent from 2010.
For his part, Governor Li noted that both Yunnan and Vietnamese localities have great potential for stronger cooperation in economics, trade, education-training, culture, sports, and mining.
He expressed his hope that both sides should coordinate closely to promote cooperation and investment effectively and substantially.
The Yunnan administration will do its utmost to strengthen cooperation between Yunnan and Vietnamese localities, Li assured his guest. Nhan is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the fourth conference of the working groups of the four border Vietnamese and Yunnan province on June 3.