The President made the statement when he gave an exclusive interview to Chinese correspondents in Hanoi on a range of issues, from prospects of the two nations’ relations in the future to economic and trade potentials, and the way to deal with sea issues between Vietnam and China.

Sang affirmed that Vietnam treasures the development of a friendly relationship and comprehensive cooperation with the Party, State and people of China.

At present, he said, both countries are facing new opportunities and challenges in their national construction and development, so they need peaceful and stable international and regional environments so they can focus on their national development.

Sang suggested that the two sides expand cooperation in various fields, especially in economics, trade, investment, education and tourism for mutual interests.

In order to further promote the bilateral ties, the Vietnamese leader stressed the necessity to broaden political trust, particularly through maintaining exchanges of high-ranking delegations.

He said that the two countries should properly resolve disputes or divergences through peaceful measures, friendly negotiations and based on the basis of international law.

With respect to the East Sea issue, President Sang said leaders of the two countries need to maintain regular exchanges and dialogues to settle it in a peaceful manner. He also called for humanitarian treatment to fishermen who operate at sea.

President Truong Tan Sang left Hanoi today, June 19, starting a State-level visit to China at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping.

This is the first-ever visit made by President Sang as Head of State and the first state-level visit by a high-ranking Vietnamese leader to China since the host country changed leadership.

The Vietnamese State leader is scheduled to hold talks with President Xi Jinping, meet with other high-ranking Chinese leaders and visit Guangdong province.

Tuoi Tre News - June 19, 2013