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Viet Nam, China agree to bolster defence relations

Update: March, 12/2014 - 08:06
Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (R) receives Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan

QUANG NINH (VNS)— The defence ministries of Viet Nam and China have reached consensus on measures to improve co-operation between their defence and border guard forces.

The results came up during a friendship talks between delegations from the two ministries yesterday at the Mong Cai border gate in the northern province of Quang Ninh, as part of the 2014 Viet Nam-China friendship border defence exchange programme.

The two sides will continue to carry out a co-operation agreement signed between the two ministries, while maintaining high-level meetings between the two armies and finalising the exchange mechanism between the two countries' military zones and border posts. They will also expand joint patrols.

The two sides will also expand the model of twinning relations between localities in the two countries and set up a hotline to share information.

Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, who led the Vietnamese delegation, noted that defence co-operation had yielded many good results. He said this was an important pillar in strengthening friendly relations between the two Parties, States and peoples.

He said leaders of the two defence ministries decided to organise the friendship border defence exchange programme to create a new breakthrough in defence ties.

Lieutenant General Qi Jianquo, a deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the head of the Chinese delegation, praised the idea of organising the Viet Nam-China friendship exchange programme. He said it was a creative and constructive activity to consolidate mutual trust and friendship between the two armies.

The 2014 Viet Nam-China friendship border defence-exchange programme began on Monday in China's Guangxi province.

During their stay in China, the Vietnamese delegation visited several Chinese military units.

High-level exchange

Also yesterday, Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh received Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Thanh said Viet Nam was determined to develop comprehensive co-operative relations with China, suggesting that both sides boost the exchange of high-level visits and young officers.

He also extended sympathy to the families of Chinese passengers on board the missing Malaysian airplane. Viet Nam has joined in the search efforts.

Qi thanked Viet Nam for its active participation in the search.

He said he hoped the two armies would intensify the exchange of delegations at all levels and collaborate in personnel training and border and marine work. — VNS

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