China wants to co-operate with Viet Nam on
tourism, chairman of the China National Tourism Administration Shao Qiwei told
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday.
This led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding on tourism co-operation
between the two countries over the next three years.
Shao said tourism had made significant contributions to China's annual economic
growth and that Chinese leaders had decided to develop the sector as the
country's spearhead industry.
Nhan said the visit by the Chinese tourist leader was a manifestation of the
development of this co-operation.
He said both nations' tourism sectors had potential for greater co-operation
thanks to their geographical proximity.
Nhan stressed that Viet Nam was willing to create favourable conditions for
Chinese people in border provinces to visit Viet Nam for longer periods.
He said he believed bilateral co-operation could be promoted by setting up sea
cruises and language training for tourist guides.
Condolences sent to China
HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem
sent condolences to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday over the loss
of life and property caused by recent landslides.
The disasters in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in
northwest Gansu Province, claimed the lives of at least 337 people. Another
1,150 are still missing.