||Asean Affairs 26 June 2013
Party General Secretary starts Thailand visit
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong starts his official three-day visit to Thailand today at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The visit demonstrates Viet Nam's policy of proactive international integration, attaching importance to strengthening relations with regional countries to build a strong and united ASEAN Community and a peaceful, friendly, co-operative and developed Southeast Asia.
Viet Nam and Thailand established their diplomatic ties in August 1976. Their relationship has particularly developed since Viet Nam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 1995.
Economic and trade ties have also been expanded, particularly in rice production and export, finance, transport and oil and gas.
Last year, two-way trade hit US$8.62 billion. Thailand now ranks 10th out of Viet Nam's 96 investors with 300 projects worth a total of $6.11 billion. In return, Viet Nam has invested in seven projects in Thailand with a total capital of $11.35 million