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Vietnamese, Chinese coast guards conduct joint patrol in Tonkin Gulf

 The Vietnam and China coast guard forces on October 22 finished their second joint patrol in the waters adjacent to the demarcation line in the Gulf of Tonkin between the two countries in 2021.

The Vietnamese fleet was led by Vice Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard 1 Colonel Luong Cao Khai, while the Chinese side was headed by Liu Tianrong, Deputy Chief of the Nanhai Division of the China Coast Guard.

Apart from the four-day patrol, the two sides held talks to seek ways to raise fishermen's awareness of regulations on fishing in the waters adjacent to the demarcation line in the Gulf of Tonkin, along with COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures.

The results of the patrol have contributed to realising international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Vietnam-China agreement on the delimitation of the territorial seas, exclusive economic zones, and continental shelves in the Gulf of Tonkin signed by the two countries on December 25, 2000.

The Vietnam Coast Guard hoped that the patrol will help to boost relations between the two countries./.