On November 12, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both sides exchanged views on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern in a candid, in-depth manner and reached important consensus.
President Hu said that over the past two decades since the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam, the two sides have maintained close high-level exchanges, developed effective economic and trade cooperation, deepened exchanges on governance experience and continued to coordinate in international and regional affairs, which have brought concrete benefits to the two peoples. Hu said that one of the most important inspirational lessons learned from the past 20 years is that the two sides should forge ahead along the road of friendly cooperation in the spirit of responsibility to history and the two peoples in order to unswervingly consolidate and develop the China-Vietnam friendship.
Hu said that China and Vietnam are both developing countries in a period of reform and innovation. To solve the problem of development and maintain stability are their major and pressing tasks. In the face of a complex and volatile international environment and unprecedented new situations, new problems and new challenges, the two countries should strengthen cooperation for common development, Hu said. The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government attach importance to developing ties with Vietnam and are willing to work with the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese government to further develop their all-around strategic cooperative partnership.
Hu put forward a three-point proposal to that end. First, strengthen strategic communication and improve political mutual trust. The leaders of the two countries should maintain close contact in various flexible ways, communicate in a timely manner on bilateral relations and other major issues of common concern from a strategic height and long-term perspective and firmly grasp the general direction of bilateral ties. Second, deepen pragmatic cooperation and realize mutual benefit and win-win situation. This year is the beginning year of China's 12th Five-Year Plan as well as the first year of the 10-year Social Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) of Vietnam. The two sides should give full play to the guiding role of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, implement a five-year development plan on economic and trade cooperation and promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture, transportation, energy and mining and the "Two Corridors, One Circle" in a bid to improve the level of economic and trade cooperation and play an active role in the two countries’ economic and social development for the benefit of the two peoples. Third, expand cultural exchanges and cement the basis of public opinion for the China-Vietnam friendship. Both sides should carry out more exchanges between both peoples and promote the establishment of youth exchange mechanism to enhance mutual understanding and friendship. Meanwhile, efforts should also be made to strengthen correct guidance to media, increase publicity for China-Vietnam friendship and create a favorable atmosphere of public opinion for the development of bilateral ties.
Sang, on behalf of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese government, congratulated China on its tremendous economic and social achievements. He said he believed that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China's socialist cause will make greater progress.
Sang said that last year marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Vietnam diplomatic ties, with bilateral relations between the two countries entering an important phase. Over the years, the two peoples have supported each other and have been closely united. The Vietnamese party and people will bear in mind and express sincere thanks for the precious support and assistance from the CPC and the Chinese people. Sang said that Vietnam has consistently advocated a strategy of strengthening and consolidating the two countries' all-around strategic cooperative partnership. Sang said General-Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong's formal visit to China in October 2011 had great significance for the development of their bilateral relations and has made important contributions to bringing their ties to a new level. Vietnam welcomes and highly praises the important agreements signed by both sides during the visit. This year is the 20th anniversary of the normalization of China-Vietnam diplomatic relations. Sang proposed that, in the new phase, the two sides should act in accordance with the consensus reached by the two parties' leaders and under the guideline of "long-term stability, future-orientation, good-neighborliness and comprehensive cooperation" and spirit of remaining good neighbors, friends, comrades and partners, to enhance mutual trust between the two parties and two nations and exert greater efforts in developing bilateral relations. Moreover, Sang said he hoped to increase high-level visits as well as exchanges and cooperation between both peoples in various forms, offer proper guidance to public opinion and communicate the consensus reached by the leaders of both countries. Both sides should also promote communication and coordination on international and regional affairs in a bid to safeguard the common interests of developing countries.
Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.