HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Dec. 21 -- Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee met with Le Thanh Hai, Political Bureau member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Secretary of southern Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City's Party Committee here on Saturday.
During the meeting, Wang expressed thanks to the warm welcome by Vietnam in general and HCM City in particular to him and the CPC delegation during their visit to Vietnam this time.
He also expressed his impression on the fast development of HCM City, saying that such notable results could not be separated from the leadership of the City's authorities and the party committee.
Wang shared with the host major information about China's economic development, policies and reforms, saying that currently both China and Vietnam are facing difficulties in economic development due to the world's economic impacts.
In that context, Wang applauded the role of HCM City and its contribution to Vietnam's development and wished it to see stronger development in the coming years.
For his part, HCM City's party chief expressed his delight at the fine development in relations between the two countries and parties of Vietnam and China, which is manifested through regular exchange of high-ranking visits by leaders of both sides.
The CPC's visit to Vietnam would contribute to concretizing and deepening relations between the two countries, said Hai.
On the occasion, the city's party leader informed the guests of the city's socio-economic development, adding that the city has attached importance to cooperation and promotion of relations with Chinese localities, including Chinese companies and investors.
Currently, there are more than 300 Chinese companies doing business in HCM City, with a total investment of nearly 300 million U.S dollars. In 2013, the city exported goods to China worth over 1 billion U.S. dollars, while it spent more than 2.6 billion U.S. dollars to imports goods from China.
The City's party leader expressed his desire that in his position, Wang would help further promoting and strengthening the friendly relations between the CPV and CPC, and providing favorable conditions to localities and companies from China and HCM City, not only in economic area, but also in social organization activities.