Defence Minister Gen Ngô Xuân Lịch (R) yesterday meets with Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Gen Fan Changlong, as part of the fourth Việt Nam-China border defence friendship exchange.— VNA/VNS Photo An Đăng
LAI CHÂU — Defence Minister Gen Ngô Xuân Lịch held talks yesterday with Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Gen Fan Changlong, as part of the fourth Việt Nam-China border defence friendship exchange.
The three-day event starting Saturday was aimed at promoting friendship and solidarity between local administrations, people and border guard forces of the two countries, in order to enhance political trust and enable sustainable relations between the two countries and armies.
Fan hailed the success of the fourth exchange, which took place concurrently in China’s Yunnan and Việt Nam’s Lai Châu provinces. He noted that solidarity between the border forces has helped ensure stability and development in border areas and exchanges between communities on both sides.
Through border exchanges, the trust between the Vietnamese and Chinese armies and people has been reinforced, he said, stressing that trust is a foundation for relations between the Parties and armies, helping to solve disagreements and boost bilateral ties.
He suggested the two sides reform border defence exchanges and organise them in more diversified forms, such as experience sharing and military skills competitions, turning the exchanges into cooperation activity of the Vietnamese and Chinese armies.
The officers signed the minutes of the fourth Việt Nam-China border defence friendship exchange. The exchange programme is due to end today. — VNS