Viet Nam, Chile preserve fruitful cooperation, traditional friendship

Update: 11:25 | 25/03/2021
Viet Nam and Chile - the first Southern American nation to set up diplomatic ties with Viet Nam - have nurtured and preserved their sound cooperative relations and traditional friendship as well as comprehensive development partnership over the past five decades.
Viet Nam, Chile preserve fruitful cooperation, traditional friendship
Charge d’affaires a.i. Gonzalo Guaiquil at the Chilean Embassy. (Photo: VNA)

In a recent interview, Charge d’affaires a.i. Gonzalo Guaiquil at the Chilean Embassy laid stress on historical relations between the two nations, which were found and developed by Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and Chilean President Salvador Allende.

The trip to Viet Nam in May 1969 - the time when Viet Nam was undergoing the fierce war against the US imperialists - had a huge impact on Salvador Allende, who served as President of the Chilean Senate at that time, and he decided to establish diplomatic relations with this Southeast Asian country when he became President of Chile, opening a new chapter in the bilateral relations.

Both nations have enjoyed stronger bonds in recent times thanks to rosy economic cooperation, long-lasting friendship and mutual understanding between the people of Chile and Viet Nam, the diplomat added.

According to Guaiquil, Chile was the first American nation to ink a free trade deal with Viet Nam, and this was an important milestone in trade and investment ties between the two sides.

Expressing his delight at opportunities that the free trade agreement (FTA) has brought to both nations, he said trade in goods between Viet Nam and Chile exceeded the 1 billion USD benchmark in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, up over 1 percent year-on-year.

The figure is a vivid illustration of the unceasingly developed trade ties between the two nations, even when the global economy is facing formidable challenges, he underlined.

Since Viet Nam was among a few countries achieving positive economic growth in 2020, it is an attractive destination for Chilean investors, he said. The diplomat also commended the Vietnamese Government’s efforts and measures to prevent the pandemic.

Statistics show that Chile is the fourth largest trade partner of Viet Nam in Latin America, with two-way trade increased to 1.23 billion USD in 2019 from 170 million USD in 2005. Most of Viet Nam’s exports to Chile are footwear, garments and textiles, seafood, steel products, electronic products and spare parts, cement, coffee and rice. Meanwhile, the nation imports copper, pinewood, paper powder, and wine from Chile.

Chile was among one of the very first nations to recognise Viet Nam's market economy. Both sides signed the FTA on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Hawaii, the US, in November 2011. The deal officially came into force on January 1, 2014, marking the substantial development in trade relations between the two countries.

Guaiquil said Chile wants to further boost trade ties with Viet Nam, particularly the trading in Chilean wine and cherry, and Vietnamese tropical fruits.

Additionally, Viet Nam and Chile’s cooperation has been expanded to culture, politics and tourism. The visa exemption agreement signed in 2016 has facilitated travelling of citizens of both nations to enhance exchanges and better their mutual understanding, he stressed.

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(Source: VNA)