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Border defence twinning relationship: pragmatic, effective model in Dien Bien province

08:12 | 03/10/2020

The Sen Thuong Border Guard Station in Vietnam’s northern province of Dien Bien and the Jiangcheng Border Management Company of China’s Yunnan Import-Export Border General Checkpoint have recently held field talks at border marker No. 12.

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A representative of the Sen Thuong Border Guard Station in Vietnam’s Dien Bien province presents a gift to China’s Jiangcheng Border Management Company.

The Sen Thuong Border Guard Station in Vietnam’s northern province of Dien Bien and the Jiangcheng Border Management Company of China’s Yunnan Import-Export Border General Checkpoint have recently held field talks at border marker No. 12. The talks aim to maintain and step up the cooperation mechanism between the two sides during the implementation of the dual tasks of border management and COVID-19 pandemic combat.

In a candid, friendly, pragmatic and respectful manner, the two sides briefed each other on the situation regarding border management and pandemic fight over the past time, and proposed orientations for border management and defence in the time ahead.

They consented to pay more attention to coordination in the communication work in order to encourage border residents to seriously observe three border-related documents and agreements and treaties signed by the governments, as well as legal regulations on national border set by each country, while raising public awareness of pandemic prevention and control, and crime combat, especially illegal immigration, in order to prevention the spread of the epidemic.

In 2016, at the Border Guard Station of the Tay Trang International Border Gate, the Dien Bien Border Guard Command organised a ceremony for the establishment of twinning ties between border guard posts in Dien Bien and companies under the Border Guard Command of Laos’ Phongsaly province.

border defence twinning relationship pragmatic effective model in dien bien province
Soldiers of the A Pa Chai Border Guard Station in a patrol. Photo: VNA

The pairs comprised Leng Su Sin and A Pa Chai border guard stations - Company 111 of the Phongsaly Border Guard Station; Nam Nhu, Na Co Sa, Nam Ke, Muong Nhe border guard stations – Company 114 of the Phongsaly Border Guard Station; Na Hy and Na Bung border guard stations - Company 115 of the Phongsaly Border Guard Station; the Border Guard Station of the Tay Trang International Border Guard, and Pa Thom, Muong Muon, Muong Pon and Si Pa Phin border guard stations - Company 116 of the Phongsaly Border Guard Station.

The above-said units signed memoranda of understanding, under which they agreed to enhance the exchange of relevant information and situation, as well as border management and protection work; closely coordinate in border patrol and defence, and fighting crimes, as well as intervention and destructive activities of reactionary elements that harm border security of both sides; encourage border residents to seriously observe border documents of both sides; and organise cultural, art and sport activities on the occasion of National Day, holidays and traditional New Year of the two countries. Head of the A Pa Chai Border Guard Station Dang Van Tuan said his unit manages 40.5km of borderlines with Laos and China, including a special marker at the T-junction of the borderlines of Vietnam, Laos and China.

Over the past time, the unit has closely coordinated with Lao and Chinese border guards to hold both regular and unscheduled talks in line with regulations, preserving the viewpoints, guidelines and principles in external affairs of the Vietnamese Party and State, contributing to building borderlines of peace, friendship and cooperation for development.

As for the Vietnam-Chinar border, the two sides have conducted bilateral patrols, held regular talks and meetings, contacted through the hotline, popularised law bilaterally, held political exchanges, engaged in bilateral drills, and set up twinning ties between border guard forces, and between localities.

As for the Vietnam-Lao border, specific activities included interaction via hotline, border meetings and twinning relationship establishment.

(Reported by Dien Bien province on September 21, 2020)

According to Dien Bien province, over the past years, the border defence external affairs work has been considered one of the central tasks of border guards, and a crucial, pragmatic and effective channel of defence external relations and people-to-people diplomacy. The activity has contributed to safeguarding the country and national border security, and building borderlines of peace, friendship, stability and development. /.

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