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President Sang meets delegation of Chinese defence officers

Update: September, 04/2012 - 11:45

HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang received here yesterday a delegation from the Chinese People's Liberation Army, led by Deputy Chief of General Staff Senior Lieutenant-General Ma Xiaotian, who is in Ha Noi for the third Viet Nam-China strategic defence talks.

Sang expressed his wishes that both sides, including the two armies, continue promoting co-operation, maintaining and upholding the fine friendly tradition, which was fostered by presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong and generations of leaders of the two countries.

Sang welcomed the third Viet Nam-China defence strategic dialogue in Ha Noi, saying he hoped the two armies would continue to maintain and bring into full play the effectiveness of this dialogue channel.

The two armies should further enhance exchanges and co-operation in different fields in order to further promote mutual understanding and trust, and increasingly strengthen and boost the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership for both peoples' benefits and for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world, he said.

About the objective existence of differences that Viet Nam and China had on the East Sea, Sang urged the two sides to persistently solve those differences satisfactorily through negotiation and dialogue.

The work had to be based on international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and common perceptions and agreements between the two countries, including the agreement on fundamental principles guiding the settlement of arising sea issues of Viet Nam and China, to make the waters of the East Sea an area of peace, friendship, co-operation and development, he said.

Ma Xiaotian affirmed the Chinese army was willing to work together with the Vietnamese army to strictly implement the common perceptions and increase the exchange of delegations and implement specific co-operation fields so as to actively work for the healthy development and stability of the Viet Nam-China friendship and co-operation.

Strategic talks

The third deputy minister-level strategic defence talks took place in Ha Noi yesterday co-chaired by Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Chi Vinh and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Senior Lieutenant-General Ma Xiaotian.

Vinh stated Viet Nam treasured its friendship with China and wanted to work with China to establish sustainable peace and co-operation for mutual development to contribute to world peace.

At the talks, the two sides showed delight at developments in the two countries' military ties and agreed that defence co-operation had become one of the important factors of the Viet Nam-China friendship.

They agreed to continue exchanging visits at all levels regularly to strengthen political trust and close ties between the two armies.

Due attention would be given to co-operation in training, exchange activities and co-ordination between the navies, border guard forces and maritime police.

Vinh asked the border guard forces of border provinces of both nations to increase co-operation to jointly maintain security and friendship in border areas and fight trans-national crime.

The Vietnamese side also expressed hopes for the organisation of exchanges between strategic research institutes and an increase in links between military communication agencies.

Touching on the international situation, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, the two generals agreed that peace and co-operation fitted the aspiration of people in the Asia-Pacific.

They said current regional and international situations offered both opportunities and challenges to every country and that development co-operation with countries, both in and outside the region, would bring benefits to both Viet Nam, China and related countries and maintain peace and stability in the region.

On the other hand, they pointed out that big countries' increasing interference in the Asia-Pacific would bring challenges as well as implications if an environment honouring fairness, dialogue, international law, legitimate interests and political systems of each country in the region was not created.

Vinh reiterated the country's foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation and not taking sides to build and defend the fatherland and at the same time contribute positively to peace and stability in the region and the world.

The generals frankly discussed outstanding issues between the two countries regarding the East Sea issue.

They both reaffirmed the need to address those existing issues based on the general situation of relations between the two parties and the two countries.

Vinh said handling disputes in the East Sea was an issue of great importance in the Viet Nam-China relationship and the fortune of the two countries and peoples.

It was very difficult, very sensitive and time-consuming for both sides to solve this issue, Vinh said.

He expressed his hope that holding on to goodwill, endeavours and the spirit of traditional friendship, mutual respect, publicity and transparency, the two sides would surely figure out settlement measures that both complied with international law and met legitimate interests of the two countries and nations.

Sharing the view with Vinh, Ma stated China wanted all disputes to be solved peacefully, without the use of force or threat to use force, and with the observance of international law.

The Chinese side expressed hopes that the sea dispute would be addressed satisfactorily, leaving no effects on the two countries' ties and each country's development.

At the end of the talks, the two officers witnessed the signing of an agreement on the expansion of training co-operation between the two armies. — VNS

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