The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) General Secretary, Nong Duc Manh, has expressed satisfaction at the recent fine development of relations with neighbouring China, which he said has contributed to peace, stability and development in the region.
Party leader Nong Duc Manh (right) receives Chinese politburo member Liu Yunshan. (Photo: VOV)
The CPV leader made the statement while meeting with Liu Yunshan, Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Head of its Central Propaganda Department in Hanoi on September 7.
Mr. Manh said he was satisfied with the constant development of the “comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership” between Vietnam and China.
The relations have brought about practical benefits for the two peoples and contributed to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world as a whole, he emphasised.
The CPV leader welcomed the success of the youth festival of the two countries in China’s Guangxi Province last month, describing the event as one of practical importance to educating the young generations of the two countries on the need to strengthen solidarity, friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and China.
For his part, Mr Liu, who is leading a CPC delegation to a workshop on communist party theory in Vietnam, emphasised that China has always attached importance to traditional neighbourliness and solidarity with Vietnam.
He said the Chinese Party, State and people will do their utmost and join hands with Vietnam to enhance their comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership.
Earlier in the day, the Chinese communists held talks with a Vietnamese delegation led by To Huy Rua, Politburo member, Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and Head of its Information and Education Commission.
Host and guest focused their discussions on plans of cooperation between the CPV Information and Education Commission and the CPC Propaganda Department, especially in 2010 - the year of Vietnam-China Friendship, and other regional and international issues of mutual concerns.
US servicemen’s remains sent home
A repatriation ceremony for the remains of US serviceman who died during the war in Viet Nam was held at Da Nang International Airport yesterday.
Representatives from the Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel, US Ambassador to Viet Nam Michael Michalak and representatives from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command attended the function.
The Vietnamese government representative handed over to the US government representative three boxes of remains, which were recovered during the 100th Joint Field Activities from August to September 2010. The remains were discovered by Vietnamese citizens.
The remains were jointly reviewed by Vietnamese and American forensic specialists who concluded they might be associated with US servicemen who went missing during the war in Viet Nam, and it was recommended that the remains be brought to Hawaii for further review.
Addressing the ceremony, the US government representative expressed deep gratitude and high appreciation for the steadfast humanitarian policy, goodwill and the increasingly efficient co-operation with the Vietnamese government and people. This is the 116th hand over of American missing servicemen’s remains since 1973.
Reception marks Indonesia’s Independence Day
Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Pitono Purnomo gave a reception in Hanoi on September 7 to mark the 65th anniversary of his country’s Proclamation of Independence (August 17).
Addressing the function, Ambassador Pitono Purnomo stressed the significance of the event to the Indonesians, saying this year’s anniversary in Hanoi is special as Indonesia and Vietnam are approaching celebrations of the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the 65th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day.
Indonesia was the fourth country in the world and the first in Southeast Asia to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam, he added.
Deputy Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung expressed his delight at developments in the two countries’ friendship and cooperation in politics, economics, trade, investment, education, labour, security and national defence.
He said Vietnam always wants to increase cooperation with Indonesia and expressed his belief that Indonesian will achieve further success in national construction and development.
To mark the occasion, the Indonesian Embassy organised a week of Indonesian culture in Hanoi from September 3-7 with the participation of a dance group from West Sumatra island.