7th Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange Successfully Held
|The seventh Vietnam-China Border Defense Friendship Exchange officially opened at 8:00 a.m. on April 23 with the welcoming ceremony for the delegation of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense at Shuikou Border Gate, in Longzhou district, China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Source: VNT|
Vietnam's Minister of National Defence General Phan Van Giang and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe on April 23 co-chaired activities of the seventh Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange in Quang Hoa district of Vietnam’s Cao Bang province and Longzhou county of China’s Guangxi province, reported VNA.
|Politburo member, Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang; and Chinese Minister of National Defense and State Councilor Senior Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe at the border marker at Ta Lung International Border Gate. Source: VNT|
In the morning, the Vietnam People's Army delegation led by General Giang began exchange activities in Longzhou county of China’s Guangxi province, with the welcome ceremony for the delegation chaired by Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei at Shuikou International Border Gate.
After painting the milestone there, the delegation planted a friendship tree at the border gate. After that, the two delegations held talks at the county’s Convention Centre.
|Planting trees at Shuikou Border Gate. Source: VNT|
Speaking at the event, Gen. Giang affirmed that the Party, State, Government and People's Army of Vietnam always attach great importance to consolidating its traditional friendship and promoting its Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership with China, considering this as one of the top priorities in Vietnam's foreign policy.
The Chinese Defence Minister said that the seventh friendship exchange, taking place amidst the complex developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrates the important common perception between the two Parties, States and armies; and shows the high respect to each other of the two sides.
He expressed his belief that these activities will further strengthen the China-Vietnam friendship and solidarity, political trust and practical cooperation, and make them work together in building a peaceful and stable border, so as to bring happiness to both peoples.
|An overview of the talks. Photo: VNA|
Regarding cooperation orientations in the coming time, the two sides agreed to continue promoting the exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high-level ones; effectively implementing existing exchange and cooperation mechanisms, such as the Defence Strategy Dialogue at the deputy ministerial level and the Border Defence Friendship Exchange; as well as cooperation between armies, armed forces, academies and schools; and continue to coordinate with and support each other at multilateral military and defence forums.
It is also necessary to closely coordinate and strictly implement the three legal documents on the land border, strictly protect the border, prevent crimes and illegal entry and exit activities, and prevent the coronavirus from spreading across the border, they stressed.
For existing problems between the two countries, they frankly discussed and agreed to solve them from a strategic height, for the common interests of the two countries, by peaceful means and on the basis of international law.
Earlier, the Vietnamese military medical force conducted free medical examination and treatment and delivered medicines to residents in Tra Linh and Ta Lung towns of Cao Bang province.
|Chinese Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe presents gifts to Ta Lung township’s Primary School. Source: VNT|
|Defence Minister Gen. Phan Van Giang, his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe and students of Ta Lung township’s Primary School. Photo: VNA|
In the afternoon of April 23, Defence Minister Gen. Phan Van Giang hosted a welcome ceremony for a delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army led by his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe at Ta Lung International Border Gate.
After the ceremony, the two ministers painted Milestone No. 943 and planted a friendship tree at the Ta Lung Friendship Cultural Centre. Then, they visited and presented gifts to Ta Lung township’s Primary School.
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