Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Lima, Peru, Nov. 19, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
LIMA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Saturday that China will support Vietnam in hosting next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in a bid to consolidate the foundation for future APEC collaboration.
Under the current situation, all APEC members should make joint efforts in promoting long-lasting Asia-Pacific prosperity and safeguarding the region's role as a powerhouse for global growth, Xi said in a meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Lima, capital of Peru.
Speaking on China-Vietnam ties, Xi urged the two sides to stick to the correct path, carry out the consensus reached in bilateral high-level contact, and earnestly implement the projects they have already agreed on, so as to ensure steady and healthy development of bilateral relations and bring benefits to both peoples.
Xi called for continued high-level contact between the two countries and timely communication on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.
The Chinese president urged the two sides to upgrade the quality and standard of practical cooperation, accelerate the building of cross-border economic cooperation zones and the implementation of infrastructure projects, and strive for early results of production capacity cooperation.
As for the South China Sea issue, Xi urged the two neighboring nations to solve disputes through bilateral consultations and dialogues, adhere to a cooperative path of "shelving differences and engaging in joint development," and properly address problems in order to maintain regional peace and tranquility.
Quang, for his part, stressed that Vietnam is firmly committed to developing the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation and is very glad to see the rapid growth of bilateral ties in various fields.
He also conveyed the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) leadership's congratulations on the successful plenary session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee last month and on the great achievements China has scored in its socialist construction.
The CPV and the Vietnamese government, said Quang, stand ready to maintain high-level close contact with the CPC and the Chinese government and make joint efforts to push forward bilateral relations in a stable and sustainable way.
Xi arrived in Peru on Friday to attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and pay his first state visit to the Latin American country.