HANOI - Vietnam sincerely wishes China success in its development cause and wants it to play an active role in safeguarding peace and stability as well as promoting prosperity in Asia and around the globe, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has said.
In an article penned on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between both nations, he emphasises that Vietnam and China are neighbours that have enjoyed time-honoured friendship.
He recalls that 65 years ago, on January 18, 1950, the People's Republic of China became the first country in the world to establish diplomatic ties with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, creating a historical milestone in the long-standing relationship between the two countries.
"Over the past 65 years, the friendship between the two countries, nurtured by President Ho Chi Minh and President Mao Zedong together with generations of the two countries' leaders, has become a valuable asset of both nations.
"The years that the two Parties, States and peoples supported and assisted each other in their respective revolutionary causes have left deep impressions and evoked warm sentiments in the people of both countries. The Vietnamese Party, State and people always treasure and are grateful for the earnest assistance the Chinese Party, Government and people as well as international friends from all continents have given Vietnam in the cause of national liberation and reunification," Minh says in his article.
The Deputy PM affirms that bilateral relations have grown over time despite ups and downs, developing particularly rapidly following normalisation of relations in 1991.
Aware of the importance of a stable and friendly relationship between the two neighbouring socialist countries, high-ranking leaders of both sides have maintained regular contacts and exchanges and continuously fostered frameworks of the bilateral relationship.
The two countries have agreed to develop relations under the principles of "friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive co-operation, long-term stability and looking toward the future" and become "good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners".
In particular, since the establishment of a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in 2008, bilateral relations expanded and deepened in all realms.
The Deputy PM notes that very few partners of Vietnam have as many mechanisms for exchange and extensive co-operation between their Parties, Governments, National Assemblies as well as socio-political organisations and localities as China.