Trong arrived in Beijing on Sunday afternoon, beginning his official three-day visit to the country per an invitation by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. General Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (C) is at Beijing International Airport, China, October 30, 2022. Photo by Vietnam News Agency In an interview with Vietnam News Agency , ambassador Pham Sao Mai said Trong’s visit is the first by a Vietnamese high-ranking Party and state official to China ever since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. It is Trong’s first overseas trip after the sixth plenum of Vietnam’s 13th Party Central Committee, while Trong is also the first foreign leader to visit China after the latter’s 20th National Congress. The latest time the two Party leaders met was in November 2017, when Xi officially visited Vietnam and attended the APEC Summit in Da Nang. The Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership has continued to stay on the path of stable and positive development, and has achieved several important achievements on the political, economic-commercial cooperation, and Covid-19 fighting field, Mai said. China was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, on January 18, 1950, Mai added. Over the next seven decades, the two countries have been… Read full this story
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