Vietnam and Chile - the first Southern American nation to set up diplomatic ties with Vietnam - have nurtured and preserved their sound cooperative relations and traditional friendship as well as comprehensive development partnership over the past five decades.
Charge d’affaires a.i. Gonzalo Guaiquil at the Chilean Embassy (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) -
Vietnam and Chile - the first Southern American nation
to set up diplomatic ties with Vietnam - have nurtured and preserved their
sound cooperative relations and traditional friendship as well as comprehensive development
partnership over the past five decades.
In a recent interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s reporter,
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 Vietnam in May 1969 - the time when Vietnam 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 time thanks to rosy economic
cooperation, long-lasting friendship and mutual understanding between the people of Chile and Vietnam, the diplomat added.
Guaiquil, Chile was the first American nation to ink a free trade deal with
Vietnam, and this was an important milestone in trade and
investment ties between the two sides.
his delight at opportunities that the free trade agreement (FTA) has
brought to both nations, he said trade in goods between Vietnam and Chile
exceeded the 1 billion USD benchmark in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, up over 1
The figure is a vivid illustration for the unceasingly developed trade ties
between the two nations, even when the global economy is facing formidable
challenges, he underlined.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) receives Chilean President Sebastián Piñerat in Hanoi in 2017. (Photo: VNA)
Since Vietnam 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
Statistics shows that Chile is the fourth largest trade partner of Vietnam in Latin America, with two-way trade increased to 1.23 billion USD in 2019
from 170 million USD in 2005. Most of Vietnam’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, pine wood,
paper powder, and wine from Chile.
Chile was among one of the
very first nations to recognise Vietnam'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 two countries.
Guaiquil said Chile wants to further boost trade ties
with Vietnam, particularly the trading in Chilean wine and cherry, and Vietnamese tropical
Vietnam 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./.