China and Vietnam have pledged to continue their efforts in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and improving the efficiency of border clearance to facilitate more trade and economic cooperation. Premier Li Keqiang and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening strategic dialogue, deepening exchanges in various areas and properly managing differences to take the nations' bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.
Li highlighted the broad shared interests between the two sides as neighboring countries, with bilateral trade maintaining robust growth momentum last year.
According to global.chinadaily.com.cn¸ China is still Vietnam's largest trading partner, with the Southeast Asian country relying on Chinese imports for materials and equipment for its labor-intensive manufacturing sector and China being the biggest market for its fruit and vegetables. Vietnam's imports from China rose 30 percent year-on-year to $110 billion in 2021.
'Vietnamese agri produce to China is fully traceable'
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam told the ministry’s meeting in Hanoi on January 12 that most export products complied with regulations on animal and plant quarantine, having traceability and growing area codes. He added that the issue on the Chinese side had more to do with stricter COVID-19 controls.