Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the “Senior Chinese Leaders Event” held by the National Committee on US-China Relations and the US-China Business Council on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco, California, USA, November 15, 2023. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Pool/File photo

HANOI — Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with Vietnamese leaders on Wednesday on the second day of a state visit to Hanoi during which dozens of agreements were announced, including on diplomatic relations, railways and telecommunications.

His first trip to Vietnam in six years followed US President Joe Biden's visit in September, in a sign of the growing importance of the Southeast Asian industrial hub amid trade tensions between the two global powers.

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On Wednesday, Xi will pay homage at the mausoleum of communist Vietnam's founding leader, Ho Chi Minh. He will then meet with Vietnamese Parliament Speaker Vuong Dinh Hue, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and President Vo Van Thuong, according to a schedule from Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the day, a joint China-Vietnam declaration on diplomatic relations is expected to be formally signed after its text is shown to reporters on Tuesday.

Xi will meet with students before departing in the afternoon from the Vietnamese capital, whose central roads have been decorated with the red flags of China and Vietnam for his visit.

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