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Vietnam, China trade ties seeing new momentum

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-07-15 16:12

HANOI - Vietnam and China are gaining new impetus in economic relations, as evidenced by the continuous growth in bilateral trade revenue in the first half of 2015.

Statistics from Vietnam's General Statistics Office (GSO) released on Monday showed that China remained the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the first six months of 2015, with bilateral trade revenue reaching some $32.1 billion.

During the six-month period, China continued to be the biggest supplier of commodities to Vietnam with around $24.4 billion worth of products, up 23.9 percent year-on-year, said the GSO.

Specifically, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in the first five months of 2015, Vietnam's imports of commodities from China, such as fertilizer, vegetables and fruit, wood and its products saw increases ranging from 6.3 percent to 16.9 percent, among other items.

Regarding exports, during the six-month period, some $7.7 billion worth of products were shipped from Vietnam to China, up 3.6 percent year-on-year, the GSO said in the June monthly report on its website.

Vietnam witnessed growth in exports of major farm products to China, including vegetables and fruit, up 23.98 percent, rubber, up 24.01 percent, cassava and its products, up 46.28 percent, compared to the same period a year earlier, the data showed.

China was the biggest importer of these Vietnamese products and the pair are joining to further enhance their bilateral trade ties and economic relations. In the Joint Communiqu issued between the two countries during the China trip of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong in April, the two sides reached a consensus on implementing the Master Plan on Vietnam-China Economic and Trade Cooperation for the 2012-2016 period and the portfolio of key cooperative projects and various economic and trade agreements.

The two sides agreed to boost two-way trade in a stable, balanced and sustainable fashion, while actively considering negotiations and the signing of the amended agreement on Vietnam- China border trade.

China encouraged domestic firms to expand the imports of Vietnamese competitive goods, reads the joint communiqu.

"The Chinese side backs its firms to invest in Vietnam and stands ready to offer Vietnamese businesses all possible support in extending market share. The Vietnamese side will give necessary conditions to Chinese firms to invest and do business in Vietnam," reads the Joint Communiqu.

Cumulatively, as of June 20, 2015, China ranked the ninth among countries and regions contributing foreign direct investment (FDI) to Vietnam with 1,141 projects worth $8.13 billion, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency.

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