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Vietnam, China hold border defence friendship exchange

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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April 25, 2021 | 09:39

The Ministries of National Defence of Vietnam and China on April 24 jointly conducted the sixth border defence friendship exchange in Dongxing city in the Chinese province of Guangxi province.

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The event was co-chaired by Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen Phan Van Giang and Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

It was meant to foster political trust, friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the border guards, authorities, and peoples of the two countries in border areas, contributing to building a borderline of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation, and development, Vietnamnews reported.

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Minister of Defense Phan Van Giang and other officials salute the Vietnamese border landmark before travelling to Dongxing city for the friendship exchange. Photo: VNA

During talks before the welcome ceremony at Dongxing border gate in the morning the same day, both sides affirmed that over the past more than seven decades since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties, friendship and cooperation had been a mainstream of ties between the two Parties and nations. Exchange activities had contributed to strengthening the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership that meets the aspirations and interests of the two peoples.

The two countries’ border guards have also promptly discovered and informed each other of illegal entries, helping effectively control COVID-19 infections across the border, creating favorable conditions to maintain border trade.

Giang hailed the Chinese Central Military Commission and Defence Ministry for providing support for the Vietnamese Defence Ministry, including border guards, in terms of medical supplies and anti-pandemic expertise.

He suggested the two defence ministries maintain the event to further boost ties between the two armies, border guards and peoples in border areas, adding that both sides could hold drills to cope with disasters and epidemics across the border.

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Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission of Vietnam and Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen Phan Văn Giang and Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and the two countries' delegations pose for a commemorative photo at the border landmark No. 1369 on the Vietnamese side on Saturday. Photo: VNA/VNS

The Vietnamese minister proposed building and upholding values of friendship works, and assisting poor households in border areas via the provision of livelihood support and scholarships.

The two sides affirmed that the friendship exchange also manifests determination, solidarity and friendship between the two Parties, States and armies. Vietnam and China will do their best to continue maintaining and fostering cooperation and friendship between the two peoples and border guards.

Following the talks, they witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on further cooperation in scientific research between the Vietnamese Defence Ministry’s Institute for Military Strategy and the Academy of Military Science of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Minister Phan Van Giang and the Vietnamese delegates saluting a national sovereignty landmark at the Mong Cai Border Gate before visiting China. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper

Other pictures at the event:

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The Vietnamese defense delegation at a Vietnamese border landmark in Cao Bang. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnam, China hold border defence friendship exchange
Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnam, China hold border defence friendship exchange
Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnam, China hold border defence friendship exchange
Chinese Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe hosting a welcome ceremony for Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
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At the border landmark saluting ceremony. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
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Chinese Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe painting a Chinese sovereignty landmark. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
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The two defense ministers posing for a photo. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper
Vietnam, China hold border defence friendship exchange

Two delegations posing for a joint photo. Photo: People’s Army Newspaper

Previously, on April 23, Vietnam and China held their seventh defence strategy dialogue at the deputy ministerial level in Dongxing city in the Chinese province of Guangxi.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien and Lt. Gen. Shao Yuanming, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission of China. The Vietnamese delegation also saw the participation of Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh.

During the dialogue, the two sides exchanged views on the world and regional situation and issues of mutual concern.

They held that Asia-Pacific has become an intersection point of interests and competition for influence among big countries both in and outside the region.

The emergence of non-traditional issues such as pandemics, the environment, natural disasters, extreme nationalism, terrorism and transnational crime have deeply affected peace, stability and development of nations, they said, adding that international cooperation in coping with the common challenges has become an essential need.

In that context, together with partners outside the region, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made important contributions to peace and stability in the region. Cooperation mechanisms led by ASEAN, especially the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM ), has increasingly upheld its efficiency, reflected by the fact that a growing number of partners outside the ASEAN region want to join the mechanism.

Both sides agreed that defence cooperation between Vietnam and China has been continuously expanded and conducted via various forms, focusing on different fields such as the exchange of delegations, training, military medicine, UN peacekeeping, and the exchange of experience in Party and political work in the army.

They also highly evaluated cooperative ties between border guard forces of the two countries, especially in the management and protection of borderlines, fight against crime and maintenance of security and order in border areas.

The two sides also frankly discussed sea-related issues. Chien said that as the Bien Dong Sea (internationally known as South China Sea) is the lifeblood sea route of the world, which has not only strategic economic, trade and defence-security values but also geographic strategic values, countries involved should actively cooperate with each other and maintain peace and stability in order to bring common interests.

Vietnam’s consistent stance is to address disputes at sea through peaceful measures, in the spirit of common perceptions reached by the two countries’ senior leaders, and with respect to each other’s legitimate rights and interests, on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the Bien Dong Sea (DOC) fully and effectively, working to reach a practical and effective Code of Conduct in the Bien Dong Sea (COC); and to well control disagreements at sea to avoid complicating the situation and using force or threatening to use force, he stressed.

Regarding cooperation orientations in the coming time, both sides agreed to maintain the effective implementation of signed cooperation agreements, especially the statement on joint vision on defence cooperation until 2025 between the two defence ministries, continue seriously implementing three legal documents on the border between the two countries, and closely cooperate in management and control of illegal immigration and border crossing, closely coordinate in the fight against all kinds of crime, and maintain security and order in border areas.

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