Vietnam, China seek ways to foster defence cooperation

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese
and Chinese high-ranking military officers have reviewed the outcomes of cooperation
between the two armies in the recent past and agreed upon the contents and
measures of cooperation in the time ahead to effectively implement the statement
on joint vision on defence cooperation until 2025 that was signed in January
2017.

These formed part of the
talks in Hanoi on June 18 between Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice
Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Minister of National Defence of
Vietnam and Sen. Lieut. Gen. Fan Chang Long, Politburo member and Vice Chairman
of the Central Military Commission of China, who is on a friendship official
visit to Vietnam from June 18-19.

Gen. Lich stressed that
along with recent friendship visits by leaders of the two Parties, States and
armies, the Chinese officer’s ongoing visit is vivid evidence of close
relations between the two Parties, States and armies.

He affirmed that the
Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry of Vietnam attach great
importance to the visit of Sen. Lieut. Gen. Fan and his entourage, considering
it as an important political event and a new development step in cooperative
relations between the people and armies of the two nations.

During the talks, the
two sides also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Following the talks, Lich
and Fan signed a cooperation agreement on personnel training between the
Defence Ministries of Vietnam and China.

Gen. Lich and Sen.
Lieut. Gen. Fan will co-chair activities within the fourth Vietnam-China border
defence friendship exchange programme that will be held in Vietnam’s northern
border province of Lai Chau and Yunnan province of China from June 20-22.-VNA



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