Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Vietnam, co-chair a meeting of the Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, and “focus” on COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control later this week.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an official visit to Vietnam on September 10-12, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Wang will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and South Korea from September 10-15 at the invitation of his counterparts from these countries.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on September 7 said that during his visit to Vietnam, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will co-chair the 13th session of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation together with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh.
During the visit, Mr. Wang Yi will conduct “extensive strategic exchanges with all parties, strengthen Belt and Road cooperation, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind,” said Mr. Wang at a regular news conference in Beijing.
According to the Global Times- the mouthpiece of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visits will mainly focus on COVID-19 epidemic prevention and cooperation.
Wang’s visit is made at the invitation of Vietnam’s Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
The SCMP site on September 8 reported that Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s trip to the region comes just weeks after a brief visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris, who has sought to reaffirm the US presence in the Asia-Pacific during stops in Vietnam and Singapore late last month.
A few hours before Vice President Harris arrived in Hanoi on August 24, Chinese Ambassador Hung Ba had a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and he promised to give Vietnam two million more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. At the same time, the Chinese side pledged to consider continuing to donate vaccines to Vietnam in the near future.
Vietnam’s state-controlled media quoted Chinh as saying that Vietnam attaches great importance to the traditional friendly neighborliness and comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership with China. He said: “Vietnam adheres to the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization, diversification, active international integration and is a responsible member to the international community, not unite with one country against another.”