Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnamese People's Army Nguyen Khac Nghien during their meet in Beijing, on Dec. 1, 2008. (Xinhua/Gao Jie)
BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged joint efforts with Vietnam to settle disagreements, and he also pledged to step up the bilateral strategic partnership.
In a meeting with Chief of the General Staff of the
Vietnamese People's Army Nguyen Khac Nghien, Xi urged both sides to cherish the
traditional friendship nurtured by leaders of previous generations, including
the late Chinese top leader Mao Zedong and the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi
Consolidating and deepening the China-Vietnam
strategic partnership will satisfy the fundamental interests and common wishes
of the two countries and peoples, he added.
Nguyen Khac Nghien said it is a priority of Vietnam's
foreign policy to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with China.
Vietnam would firmly adhere to the one-China policy.
He added that the Vietnamese side is ready to
strengthen exchanges with China in various aspects, cementing relations between
the two countries and two armed forces.
Referring to China's peaceful development, Xi told
the Vietnamese official that China is firmly committed to peaceful development,
to an opening-up strategy of mutual benefit and win-win progress, and to
regional and world peace, stability and development.