During a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in Ho Chi Minh City, Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao expressed China's commitment to deepening bilateral trade ties with Vietnam. Wang highlighted the significant progress achieved in China-Vietnam trade cooperation and emphasized collaboration in strategic areas such as the digital economy, green development, and cross-border e-commerce.
China and the United States have been actively engaging with Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam, to expand their influence in the region. In September, Vietnam elevated its relations with the United States to a comprehensive strategic partnership, a move that placed it on par with Beijing and Moscow. Additionally, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong recently held productive discussions with Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu on bilateral relations, land borders, and maritime issues.
Sources had previously indicated the possibility of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Hanoi in late October or early November. However, it is now expected that the visit will be postponed until December, according to diplomats based in Hanoi.
During his visit, Wang also met with Nguyen Van Nen, the Vietnamese Communist Party secretary of Ho Chi Minh City, further strengthening ties between China and Vietnam.