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China, Viet Nam forge ties in UN peacekeeping, defence

Update: December, 02/2015 - 09:24
Lieut. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army speaks at the workshop in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo bqp.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Co-operation in UN peacekeeping has become a significant part of the collaborative ties between Viet Nam and China's national defence ministries and armies, officials said during a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday.

Lieut. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, underlined the growing collaboration between the two countries from politics, economics and culture to defence and security in line with the bilateral comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership.

In 2015, the two defence ministers have convened their meetings three times to hold talks and sign important documents, including the collaboration agreement on the UN peacekeeping activities, he said.

He appreciated China sending its experts to Viet Nam to share know-how and increase partnership in the field.

The official proposed that the Viet Nam Peacekeeping Centre and the Chinese Ministry of National Defence's Peacekeeping Office jointly organise more symposiums and map out specific co-operation programmes, focusing on training and sharing experience.

He suggested the Vietnamese and Chinese permanent delegations to the UN forge ahead with co-ordination to implement peacekeeping activities.

Chinese Ambassador to Viet Nam Hong Xiaoyong cited that the two defence ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding on peacekeeping co-operation in April 2015, which opened up a new collaborative field between the two armies.

The workshop means to actualise co-operation content in the document, he said, expressing his belief that the bilateral exchanges will be further expanded and become a spotlight in the traditional friendship between the two countries' states and armies.

Since its inception in May 2014, the Viet Nam Peacekeeping Centre has dispatched seven officers to the UN missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic .

The country is preparing to deploy a second-level field hospital and a company of engineers to engage in peacekeeping missions when required. — VNS

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