Ho Chi Minh City chairman hosts newly-appointed Chinese consul general

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Ho Chi Minh City chairman hosts newly-appointed Chinese consul general

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai (R) talks with Chinese Consul General Wei Huaxiang, July 7, 2022. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai had a reception for newly-appointed Chinese Consul General Wei Huaxiang on Thursday afternoon.

At the meeting, chairman Mai said he was interested in promoting cooperation in economic matters, trade, investment, tourism, digital transformation, and a digital economy between Vietnam and China.

He also suggested that both sides maintain activities to further foster the people-to-people friendship and cooperation between localities.

Ho Chi Minh City currently cooperates with many localities of China, the official continued, adding that the city wants to learn from the successful development models of these localities.

He asked Consul General Wei to throw support behind such cooperative relationships.

Chinese Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Wei Huaxiang (L) presents a gift to Ho Chi Minh City chairman Phan Van Mai, July 7, 2022. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Wei Huaxiang (L) presents a gift to Ho Chi Minh City chairman Phan Van Mai, July 7, 2022. Photo: Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City has so far established friendly and cooperative relations with eight Chinese localities including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Guangdong, Shandong, Zhejiang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Chongqing.

Consul General Wei said he had been in Ho Chi Minh City for 40 days and fell in love with the metropolis.

The Vietnam-China ties have achieved positive development in recent years, the Chinese diplomat stated, expressing his hope that the bilateral relations will be further enhanced in the future.

Wei previously met with Ho Chi Minh City Party chief Nguyen Van Nen on June 28 on the accession to his new term.

China is the largest export market of enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City, with turnover reaching US$4.37 billion in the first five months of 2022, up 10.6 percent year on year and accounting for over 24.7 percent of the city’s exports.

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