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China opens a high-speed railway close to the Vietnamese border

China high-speed railway – Vietnam border

The railway line from Fangcheng City to Dongxing City, Guangxi Province, China has come into operation.

After more than three and a half years of construction, this is China’s first high-speed railway connecting directly to the Vietnam-China border. From here, tourists can travel across China by high-speed rail, promoting border tourism and economic and trade exchanges.

The train has rolled out on its first trip from the station in Dong Hung city, near the Vietnam-China border to North Phong Thanh Cang station. With a total length of 47 km and an initial design speed of 200km/h, the railway shortens the travel time from Fangcheng City to Dongxing City from 60 minutes to 20 minutes. At the same time, it connects Dongxing city bordering Vietnam to China’s longest high-speed rail network in the world – more than 42 thousand km. In the near future, the speed will be increased to 250km/h. In the immediate future, there will be 6 flights per day.

To date, China has completed 80% of the 8 vertical – 8 horizontal railway network – that is, 8 north-south railway lines and 8 east-west horizontal corridors.

Recently, China put into operation many high-speed railway lines in border provinces bordering Vietnam, not only helping local people travel conveniently and develop the economy but also helping Vietnamese and Chinese tourists. China has more options to travel by road between Vietnam and China.

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Vietnam-China cooperation is at its highest level in history

Vietnam and China have many advantages and bright spots to develop diplomatic relations in the future. It can be said that the room for development and further improvement of diplomatic relations between the two countries is still very large. Cooperative relations between the two countries are at the highest level in history.

Talking to the Government Electronic Newspaper about the traditional cooperative relationship between Vietnam and China as well as about the upcoming official visit to Vietnam by General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Dr. Nguyen Dieu Huong, Academy of Social Sciences (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences), emphasized outstanding highlights in the two countries’ relationship.

Dr. Nguyen Dieu Huong said that after 15 years since the two countries established a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and especially after General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to China in October 2022, the friendly relationship Traditional conferences and cooperation between the two countries have developed greatly.

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Regarding political cooperation, right after the visit of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in October last year, senior leaders of the two countries had many visits and worked together. Through these visits, the two sides have set the direction and focus of cooperation tasks in the coming time. Vietnam expressed its support for China’s political strategies such as: Four comprehensive, five-unit overall layout, new development perspective put forward from the 20th Congress, new Initiatives of China,…

Regarding economic cooperation, bilateral trade cooperation over the past 15 years has developed rapidly, and investment cooperation has been clearly effective. Specifically, Vietnam is China’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia, and China’s 4th largest trading partner in the world. Bilateral trade turnover in some years has exceeded 200 billion USD. In the first 10 months of this year, the trade turnover of the two countries has reached 185.1 billion USD. China is Vietnam’s largest import market and Vietnam’s second largest export market. Vietnamese agricultural products have always been popular in China and have an increasing export volume.

Investment cooperation between China and Vietnam has become more effective. The amount of investment in Vietnam by Chinese investors is increasing, the investment field is wide, and the growth is rapid. As of August 2023, Chinese investors have invested in nearly 4,000 projects in Vietnam, with a total registered capital of 26 billion USD, ranking 6th out of 143 countries and territories investing in Vietnam. .

Regarding defense and security cooperation: In recent years, the two countries’ militaries have had a lot of cooperation, and the work of building mechanisms has also made certain progress, especially cooperation in epidemic prevention and control. The patrol operation was deployed smoothly, demonstrating the trend of friendly exchanges between the two countries’ militaries. Vietnam and China most recently successfully organized the 7th border defense exchange activity in April 2022 in Chongta – Guangxi. China said it will continue to deepen maritime defense cooperation and continue to carry out training and exercise cooperation.

People-to-people and cultural exchange activities between the two countries over the past 15 years have been promoted and rich in form. The Vietnam-China People’s Forum has been held 11 times. In particular, friendly exchange activities between the youth of Vietnam and China are organized annually in many forms, both face-to-face and online, between the regions of the two countries. Through friendly exchange activities, the youth of the two countries have increased mutual understanding. The Youth Union activities of the two countries are very practical, contributing to increasing the friendship of the two countries’ young generations. Besides, Vietnam and China also have many scholarship and exchange programs for international students

Dr. Nguyen Dieu Huong said that the most special point in the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and China is the rise in stability.