VN, China deepen border defence friendship
16:40 | 24/09/2017
VGP - The 4th Viet Nam-China border defense friendship exchange program is taking place in the northwestern province of Lai Chau and China’s south-western province of Yunnan from September 23-25.
Politburo member, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission and Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and Politburo member and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Senior Lieutenant General Fan Chang Long co-chaired the program activities.

The event is aimed at promoting friendship and solidarity between local administrations, people and border guard forces of the two countries, thus enhancing political trust, enabling the sustainable and stable development of relations between the two countries and two armies.
It is also expected strengthen trust of the two peoples about a peaceful Viet Nam-China border of friendship and development while countering distorted information about Viet Nam-China ties.

The Chinese delegation to the exchange program was welcomed to Lai Chau at a ceremony at Ma Lu Thang border gate in Lai Chau’s Phong Tho district on September 23.

The same day, a seminar on the border defence friendship between Viet Nam and China was held in Lai Chau with the participation of the two co-chairmen Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich and Sen. Lt. Gen. Fan Chang Long.

Participants shared their experience in external defence activities, policies to promote cross-border trade, and the establishment of twinning relations between border localities.

The two sides suggested measures to improve the quality and efficiency of border defence cooperation in the future.

Deputy Commander of Military Region 2 Major General Hoang Ngoc Dung said the region has coordinated with Chinese border defence forces to build the shared border line of peace, friendship and common development.

The two sides' armed forces have regularly exchanged information and worked together to ensure social order, safety and security in border areas, especially in preventing crimes and handling cases relating to cross-border farming and migration, he noted.

Major General Zhang Jian from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army said that it is necessary to devise more practical measures in the bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as joint exercises on fighting terrorism and violence and cross-border crimes, while expanding exchanges at the grassroots level./.
By Hoang Ha
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