The Chinese Consulate General in Vietnam’s central Da Nang city was inaugurated on Friday.
The inauguration was witnessed by more than 400 representatives from various Chinese and Vietnamese institutions. The new Chinese Consulate General, the second in Vietnam after that in Ho Chi Minh, covers consular works in the six central localities of Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong said the establishment of the Chinese Consulate General in Da Nang is a necessity for the in-depth development of the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and is the common aspiration of the two sides to further expand their cooperation sphere.
The Chinese ambassador hoped the Consulate General will, as always, support the development of the motherland, promote the development of friendly relations between China and Vietnam, contribute to the local socioeconomic development and act as a bridge for the friendship between the two peoples.
In an interview with Xinhua, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Da Nang Xi Hui said the establishment of the Chinese Consulate General in the city conforms to the growing need for mutually beneficial cooperation and deepening exchanges between the two sides, which will provide new opportunities for further strengthening their friendly exchanges and comprehensive cooperation.
She said the future work of the Consulate General will focus on three major areas, namely promoting exchanges and cooperation between Chinese cities, provinces and the Vietnamese ones that falls within the coverage of the consulate, acting as a bridge for better understanding and closer friendship between the two sides, and adopting a people-oriented diplomacy approach to safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizens and institutions.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nguyen Minh Vu, assistant to the Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the establishment of the Chinese Consulate General in Da Nang, an economic hub in Vietnam’s central region, fully demonstrates that there are good opportunities for better cooperation between the central localities and China, and the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is willing to assist the work of the Chinese Consulate General in Da Nang.—Agencies