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Viet Nam, China army brass urge stronger defence ties

Update: April, 18/2012 - 10:01

BEIJING — High-ranking army officers of Viet Nam and China have affirmed the importance of defence ties in the comprehensive co-operative strategic partnership between the two Parties and States.

The statement was made by Senior Lieutenant-General Do Ba Ty, chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, and his Chinese counterpart Chen Bingde during talks in Beijing on Monday.

They expressed their pleasure at the development of the two countries' defence ties, saying that the two sides had effectively implemented the protocol signed between the two defence ministries in 2003, along with other co-operative agreements.

The two armies had increased exchanges of delegations at all levels, including exchanges among young officers and veterans, as well as co-operation in training.

Both sides had continued to accelerate co-ordination between their navies, border guards and bordering military zones. Activities such as joint patrols at sea and on land, and joint search and rescue exercises at sea had contributed to maintaining security and order in border areas, and helped deal with violations while preventing and fighting crime.

Co-operation in Party and political work and co-ordination in the mechanism of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+) between the two armies continued to be strengthened.

Regarding East Sea issues, the two sides agreed that their armies must strictly implement agreements reached between the two countries' senior leaders, including the agreement on fundamental principles guiding the settlement of issues at sea.

They noted the need to heighten vigilance and to prevent hostile forces from inciting division between Viet Nam and China or causing political instability.

Addressing the talks, Senior Lieutenant-General Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, stressed that Ty's visit to China not only promoted the traditional friendship between the two Parties, States, armies and peoples, but also created a dynamic force to begin a new stage of development and further strengthen confidence between the two countries and armies.

He gave a briefing on China's achievements in socio-economic development and science and technology under the leadership of the Party.

Ty stressed that the Vietnamese-Chinese friendship held important strategic significance for both countries, as well as for peace, stability and common development in the region.

Developing a fine and sustainable neighbouring friendship with China was always a top priority in the external policy of Viet Nam, he added.

At the talks, the two sides agreed to continue implementing co-operation in fields agreed between the two ministries and focus on exchanges of delegations at all levels and personnel training in the future.

The two armies would continue completing current co-operative mechanisms and study new mechanisms, helping deepen relations while enhancing mutual trust.

The armies should boost information dissemination on the traditional friendship between the two countries' people and armies, and co-ordinate at multilateral forums, especially at the ADMM+, raising the role and position of the Vietnamese and Chinese armies in the region and promoting peace, co-operation and development. — VNS

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