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Vietnamese, Chinese armies to promote border links

Update: May, 18/2015 - 15:20
Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and Chinese counterpart Senior Lieutenant General Chang Wanquan witnessed a joint patrol between Viet Nam and China. Photo vtc.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The armies of Viet Nam and China should enhance their comprehensive co-operation, especially border exchanges, to forge closer friendship and solidarity between the two nations, said Vietnamese Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh.

Minister Thanh made the remark during talks with his Chinese counterpart Senior Lieutenant General Chang Wanquan in Yunnan province, China on Sunday as part of the second Viet Nam -China border defence friendship exchange.

In their speech, the two officers concurred that the exchange was successful, reflecting the solidarity and friendship between the two armies and peoples.

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan agreed to continue organising the event in the coming years.

The Vietnamese guest affirmed that the Vietnamese People's Army strictly executes the directions of the Party and State on stepping up defence co-operation between the two nations.

He stressed the need to maintain peace and stability and mutually-beneficial co-operation between the two countries, adding that the two armies should expand exchange activities and connections along shared-border lines.

Following the talks, the two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on their border defence friendship discussion and held interviews with press agencies.

Earlier, they witnessed a joint patrol between Viet Nam's border forces serving at the Lao Cai International Border Gate in Viet Nam and China's Hehou border battalion.

The Vietnamese high-ranking defence delegates returned home on May 18, concluding their activities in the four-day exchange.

The Second Viet Nam -China border defence friendship exchange, a pillar in maintaining and strengthening the nations' bilateral friendship, took place in both countries from May 15-18.— VNS

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