|Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (front) arrives in Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 20, 2011, to start his official visit to Vietnam. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
HANOI, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday to start his official visit to Vietnam.
Xi, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, was invited by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.
In a written statement delivered at the airport, Xi said Vietnam is an important country in Southeast Asia.
"In recent years," Xi said, "the Vietnamese people are seeking a development path suitable to their national conditions under the leadership of the CPV."
Xi spoke highly of the achievements made by Vietnam in pushing forward its reform, speeding up economic growth, maintaining social stability and raising people's living standards.
Earlier this year, Vietnam elected new leadership at the 11th CPV National Congress and the 13th National Assembly, and adopted a socio-economic development strategy for the next five to 10 years.
"I believe that under the leadership of the CPV, the Vietnamese people can realize their goals set in the 11th CPV National Congress and make greater achievements in their reforms," Xi said.