China-Vietnam ties immune to sowers of discord

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/12 23:13:39

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, arrived in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Sunday for a state visit.

This is a major event in Sino-Vietnamese relations as well as relations between the CPC and the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). Many in Vietnam have noticed that this is the first foreign visit by Xi since the 19th National Congress of the CPC and they believe this shows the importance China attaches to this Southeast Asian country.

Before the trip, many state leaders attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang. US President Donald Trump officially visited the country on Saturday. As Chinese and US leaders visited Vietnam at the same time, this has reinforced the view that Vietnam is striking a diplomatic balance between major powers.

The American and Western media have been enthusiastically harping on the fact that Vietnam and the US engaged in a decade-long war, while the tense relationship with its northern neighbor, China, has lasted for thousands of years.

However, China-Vietnam ties have been steadily developing in recent years. China has been Vietnam's biggest trading partner and people-to-people exchanges have become more dynamic than ever. Meanwhile, the relationship between the CPC and the CPV has been strengthened.

Beijing and Hanoi have maritime territorial disputes, but they have been more mature in managing these conflicts. The conflicts did not generate any actual negative impact on bilateral exchanges which are on an upward momentum.

Due to historical reasons and geopolitical factors, Vietnam holds complex sentiments toward China's rise, which is not surprising. Nonetheless, the CPV and the government of Vietnam have prioritized the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

The CPC and the CPV are set on an equal footing. Both China and Vietnam are socialist countries with similar development paths. That the two countries cooperate to deal with external challenges fits their fundamental interests and such consensus has been affirmed during their own domestic development and diplomatic practices.

It is more convenient for neighbors to cooperate, while troubles may come more easily. External major powers can easily woo Southeast Asian countries, but Vietnam can weigh the gains and losses. China is sincere to develop friendly and cooperative ties with Southeast Asian countries, and countries like Vietnam will not ally with the US to jeopardize relations with China.

External major powers should stop dreaming of driving a wedge between China and Vietnam. International relations in the 21st century are marching toward the community of common destiny for mankind. The relationship between China and Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, is firmly fixated on the principle of mutual benefit and win-win, which is an irreversible trend.

The disputes between China and Vietnam will not disappear any time soon, but the countries are eyeing the bigger picture of cooperation. The two will step into history as equals and comrades.

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