|Xi Jinping Awards General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong the "Friendship Medal" and Holds a Grand Awarding Ceremony|
On October 31, 2022, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President Xi Jinping awarded General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China, and held a grand awarding ceremony.
The grand Golden Hall was permeated with a solemn and lively atmosphere. On a huge red background board, the pattern of the "Friendship Medal" was especially eye-catching. In front of the red background board, the party flags of the CPC and the CPV and the national flags of China and Vietnam were arranged in order.
As soon as the ceremony started, the guard of honor of the Chinese People's Liberation Army goose-stepped into the venue, mounted the awarding platform, and lined up on two sides.
In the music, General Secretary Xi Jinping and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stepped into the hall. All the guests from China and Vietnam stood up and applauded warmly.
Xi Jinping and Nguyen Phu Trong walked onto the awarding platform.
A military band played the national anthems of China and Vietnam.
Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor and Foreign Minister, and Vice Director of the Party and the Honour Commendation Committee of the State Wang Yi read out the Order of Commendation of President of the People's Republic of China.
The honor guards escorted the "Friendship Medal" into the hall.
When the trumpet was played, Xi Jinping, in a solemn manner, wore the medal for Nguyen Phu Trong. An enthusiastic applause broke out in the hall.
Xi Jinping delivered a speech. He pointed out that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is a staunch Marxist, and a close comrade and sincere friend of the CPC. With General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's great attention and personal promotion, the traditional friendship between the two parties and between the two countries has been consolidated, political mutual trust enhanced, practical cooperation deepened, and exchanges and mutual learning have been increasingly close. The "Friendship Medal" represents the friendly feelings of the CPC and the Chinese people toward General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Vietnamese people, symbolizes the profound friendship between China and Vietnam featuring comradeship and brotherhood, and embodies the ardent hope of the two parties and the two peoples for a better future together.
Noting that China and Vietnam are good neighbors and friends connected by mountains and rivers, as close as lips and teeth, Xi Jinping pointed out that the two countries are like-minded comrades and partners with a shared future committed to the cause of peace and progress of humanity. On the journey of promoting socialist modernization of the two countries, the CPC is willing to work with the CPV led by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to inherit the traditional friendship created and carefully cultivated by Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and other elder-generation leaders of the two parties and two countries, and to jointly lead China-Vietnam relations to achieve greater development.
In reply, Nguyen Phu Trong said, he sincerely thanked General Secretary Xi Jinping for awarding him the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China, which fully reflects the feeling of friendship of the CPC, Chinese government and Chinese people toward the CPV, Vietnamese government and people, as well as toward successive Vietnamese leaders, including him. It is also a great inspiration for Vietnam's long-term commitment to the Vietnam-China friendship. He said it is a great pleasure for him to accept the honor, and he will work with the Vietnamese people on his post to continue to adhere to the socialist path, constantly consolidate and deepen the Vietnam-China relationship featuring comradeship and brotherhood, and jointly realize a brighter future. He expressed the hope that the Vietnam-China friendship will last forever, and that the Vietnam-China relationship featuring comradeship and brotherhood will become a model of international relations from generation to generation.
He Lifeng, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, attended the awarding ceremony.
After the awarding ceremony, Xi Jinping and Nguyen Phu Trong had a tea chat to talk about the traditional friendship and development prospects between the two parties and between the two countries.