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Li Keqiang Meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung

On October 22, 2008, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who is here for a visit and to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit.

Li said China and Vietnam are linked by mountains and rivers and have similar cultures. In the new century, bilateral ties have been pushed to one new level after another. He said as the turbulent international financial market and the economic slowdown were challenging all nations, China would adopt a flexible and focused macro-economic policy and exert efforts to expand domestic demand, especially the consumption demand, to maintain the stable and fast growth of its economy. Li pointed out that trade and economic cooperation has been an important component of Sino-Vietnamese relations. China has been the largest trading partner of Vietnam for the past four years. China and Vietnam should continuously boost cooperation in economy and trade to achieve a reciprocal and win-win situation, said Li. Li noted China valued its relationship with Vietnam, and would handle it from the strategic and overall perspective and enhance the comprehensive and strategic partnership of cooperation.

Dung said promoting substantial cooperation between Vietnam and China conformed to the fundamental interest of the two peoples, and his country would like to make joint efforts with China to step up the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

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