A view of Bản Giốc Fall in Cao Bằng Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt
CAO BẰNG — Cao Bằng People’s Committee on Tuesday held a meeting to review a decade of the implementation of three Việt Nam-China border accords – a Protocol on Border Demarcation and Marker Planting, the Agreement on Border Management and the Agreement on Border Gates and Border Gate Management, signed in 2009.
Out of the seven northern provinces sharing the border with China, Cao Bằng boasts the longest – nine districts with a combined total of 333.4km of borderline with China’s Guangxi Province.
Since 2010, Cao Bằng authorities have handed out 10,000 pamphlets covering information regarding Việt Nam-China border and related accords, held nearly 8,000 meetings with nearly 270,000 local people to raise awareness on the issues, and organised workshops for more than 172,000 students and 14,000 teachers and education officials in the province.
Cao Bằng border guards have conducted nearly 6,400 rounds of patrols, involving more than 31,400 officers.
Local authorities have handled 2,509 cases of border violations involving nearly 3,000 people.
At the meeting, several shortcomings have been pointed out, including untimely information and the fact that as socio-economic situation in the border region remains underdeveloped, local people’s observance of the border regulations remains low.
Phùng Thế Long, deputy head of the Committee of National Border under the foreign ministry, expressed appreciation for the efforts Cao Bằng has made in recent times, but asked the province continue strengthening patrols along the border, educating officers on domestic laws and border regulations of both countries, and studying measures to develop the border economy.
Chairman of Cao Bằng People’s Committee Hoàng Xuân Ánh presented certificates of merit to 20 organisations and individuals in recognition of their contributions to the implementation of the three legal agreements concerning Việt Nam-China border. — VNS