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Vietnam – China Promote Defence Cooperation for Peace and Friendship

To strengthen the defence cooperation between Vietnam and China, Chinese Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Chang Wanquan paid an official friendship visit to Vietnam from March 26-30, 2016. The Chinese minister and his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh co-chaired the third Vietnam – China Border Defence Friendship Exchange in Lang Son Province (Vietnam) and Guangxi Province (China). 

Together show restraint and control of the East Sea issue 

Within the framework of his visit to Vietnam, Chinese Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Chang Wanquan held talks with Vietnamese Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh, met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and General Ngo Xuan Lich, Chief of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army.

At the talks, the two ministers discussed  the relationship between the two countries and agreed that in general the relationship has seen active development and defence cooperation  has also been maintained and obtained practical results.
 



Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh receives his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chang Wanquan
during his official friendship visit to Vietnam. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA



Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chang Wanquan
review the honor guard at the welcoming ceremony at the Defence Ministry’s Headquarters. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

Chinese Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chang Wanquan and generals of the Vietnam People’s Army. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

The talks between the two ministers. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA


The two ministers witness the singing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding
on cooperation in  UN peace-keeping missions between the two defence ministries. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

 


Regarding the East Sea issue, the two ministers candidly discussed the sea dispute that has affected the relationship between Vietnam and China. They stressed that the two sides would continue to handle the issue through peaceful and friendly dialogues and on the basis of regulations and mechanisms defined by international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS); exert all-out efforts to seek fundamental and long-term solutions acceptable by both sides, seriously abide by common agreements and perceptions reached by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders, strictly observe the principles and spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and work towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). The ministers also said that Vietnam and China would work to turn the East Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation, contributing to developing the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and maintaining regional peace and stability.

The two sides reached a consensus on the view that the two armies should keep calm, restrain themselves, control the situation, avoid conflicts and not threaten to use force in order to protect peace, stability, collaboration and the interests of the two countries, the region and the world; boost cooperation in practice, effectiveness, stability and sustainability to affirm that  defence cooperation is among the major pillars of the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two countries.

On the occasion, the two ministers witnessed the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two defence ministries in the field of UN peace-keeping missions.
 


Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan meets with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

General Ngo Xuan Lich, Chief of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army
receives Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA


Jointly build a border of peace and friendship 

Implementing the memorandum of understanding between the two defense ministries, right after his visit to Vietnam, on March 28-30, 2016, Chinese Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chang Wanquan and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh co-chaired the third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange  between the northern province of Lang Son and the Chinese southern province of Guangxi.


The seminar of the third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange
held in Lang Son Province (Vietnam). Photo: Trong Duc/VNA



The defence ministers of Vietnam and China and delegates attend the seminar. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA 
 Bộ trưởng Phùng Quang Thanh và Bộ trưởng Thường Vạn Toàn cùng các đại biểu dự buổi Tọa đàm. Ảnh: Trọng Đức/TTXVN


The two defence ministers review a joint patrol of the two countries’ border guard
at the Chi Ma Border Gate in Lang Son Province (Vietnam). Photo: Trong Duc/VNA


The defence ministers of Vietnam and China implement the saluting ceremony of  border marker No.1223
at the Chi Ma Border Gate, Lang Son Province (Vietnam). Photo: Trong Duc/VNA


Vietnamese Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh visits and presents gifts to the Chinese Border Guard. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA



The two countries’ border guard conducts a joint patrol. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA 

 


During the friendship exchange, the two defence ministries organised many important, meaningful and exciting activities, including the seminar of the third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange in Lang Son Province (Vietnam); witnessing a joint patrol between the two countries’ border guard; attending the inauguration ceremony of a Vietnam-China Border Friendship Culture House in Chi Ma Hamlet, Yen Khoai Commue, Loc Binh District, Lang Son Province and visiting several border guard’s units of the two sides. On the afternoon of March 30, 2016, the third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange successfully concluded with the closing ceremony held in Pingxiang Town, Guangxi Province (China).

The fruitful outcomes of the friendship exchange created a high trust of politics; step by step deepened the practical cooperation of the two armies, contributed to building a join border of peace, friendship and development; met the people’s aspirations in the border area of the two countries, strengthened mutual benefit cooperation in any field and put the Vietnam – China Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership into practical, fair, stable and sustainable.
 

By VNA/VNP

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