Vietnam and China Finish Agreement on Border at Year-End 2008

Vietnam and China trade, export, import

On the last day of 2008, Chinese and Vietnamese news sources reported that both sides had reached agreement on demarcating their land borders.  Reuters on December 31 citing reports from negotiators that leaders from Vietnam and China had set a deadline to complete the demarcation by the end of the year.

Negotiators reported that the task was completed with less than six hours to go.  Reuters further cited Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei who noted that the demarcation “will promote the development of the China-Vietnam strategic partnership” and will “benefit peace, stability and development in this region.
Vietnam has been increasing infrastructure projects in the border regions to attract more Chinese investment and trade between the two countries has increased considerably in recent years.

China export import products to Vietnam

Total turnover from import and export trading between Vietnam and China reached 17 billion U.S. dollars in the first ten months of 2008.  This is an increase of 43.4 percent over the same period of 2007, according to the website of Vietnam Trade Information Center under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Vietnam's exports to China achieved a ten-month turnover of approximately four billion U.S. dollars and its imports from China saw turnover of more than 13 billion U.S. dollars.  Vietnam's major export items to China are rubber, coal and crude oil.  The main items Vietnam imports from China include clothing, steel, fertilizers and chemicals.   

Vietnam and China fought a war in 1979.  The People’s Republic of China launched the Sino-Vietnamese War, also known as the Third Indochina War, to punish Vietnam for its invasion and occupation of Cambodia which deposed the PRC-backed Khmer Rouge.  China after crossing the Northern border with Vietnam met stiff resistance in the North of Vietnam.  The war is thought to have caused over 80,000 deaths and many more casualties in the last of the Indochina Wars of the twentieth century.

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