China’s Friendship Medal Presented to Vietnam’s Party General Secretary

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping, on Monday presented Friendship Order to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong.

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A ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to present China’s Friendship Order to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, VNA reported.

China's Friendship Medal Presented to Vietnam's Party General Secretary
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping presented the medal to Trong, hailing Trong as a staunch Marxist, and a close comrade and sincere friend of the CPC. Photo: VNA

Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, read out the order of award.

Speaking at the ceremony, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping said the Friendship Order is a recognition of the Chinese Party, State and people for Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Vietnamese people for their contributions to developing bilateral relations as well as orienting and promoting the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new era.

He highlighted the growing traditional friendship between the two Parties and countries with their political trust strengthened and practical cooperation deepened.

In the process of building socialism in the two countries, the CPC pledged to join hands with the CPV led by Trong, inherit the traditional friendship founded and nurtured by predecessors like President Mao Zedong and President Ho Chi Minh, and orient China-Vietnam ties for further develop, he said.

Trong, for his part, thanked the Chinese Party, State and people for their sentiments for the Vietnamese Party, State, people and himself.

He said it was an honour for him to be presented with the noble order by Xi, adding that it also showed the Chinese Party, State and Xi’s appreciation for the Vietnamese Party, State and people.

The CPV will strive together with the CPC to further develop the ties between the two Parties, countries and people of Vietnam and Chia, he stressed.

After the awarding ceremony, Xi and Trong had a tea chat to talk about the traditional friendship and development prospects between the two parties and countries.

China's Friendship Medal Presented to Vietnam's Party General Secretary
The CPV chief and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President of China Xi Jinping, and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, have a tea chat after an awarding ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 31, 2022. Source: Xinhua/Yao Dawei

Vietnam and China on October 31 signed 13 documents on bilateral cooperation across fields as part of General Secretary Trong’s ongoing official visit to China.

The CPV chief and General Secretary of the CPC and President Xi Jinping witnessed the signing ceremony after their talks held on the same day.

The documents included those sealed between the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations and the CPC Central Committee’s International Liaison Commission; and between the former’s Commission for Internal Affairs and the latter’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.

Memoranda of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; between the countries’ ministries of justice; and between their capitals Hanoi and Beijing were also inked.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade signed a MoU on strengthening joint works to ensure the supply chain between the nations with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce; a on food safety in bilateral trade with the Chinese General Administration of Customs (GACC); and another on cooperation in trade and economy with the People’s Government of China’s Yunnan province

The customs bodies of Vietnam and China, meanwhile, sealed a pact on building priority areas for collaboration.

Similar MoUs on increasing bilateral cooperation were also inked in the sectors of ecology-environment; culture-tourism; state assets and state enterprises.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the GACC signed a protocol requiring phytosanitary for fresh bananas exported from Vietnam to China.

Hannah Nguyen