Thursday, November 3, 2016

Vietnam, China strive to boost defense cooperation

PANO – Chinese Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Chang Wanquan on November 2 received a high-ranking Vietnamese defense delegation led by Deputy Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, on the sidelines of the 6th Vietnam-China Defense Strategic Dialogue in Beijing.
At the reception for the visiting Vietnamese defense delegation, the Chinese Defense Minister believed that the 6th Vietnam-China Defense Strategic Dialogue would be successful in the circumstance that bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries’ armies are on the move.
Two defense delegations posing for a joint photo
The host also highly appreciated the visit to China in August of Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, and hoped that the Vietnamese defense minister would soon pay another visit to China.
He affirmed that China always treasures the long-standing fine relationshipwith Vietnam, and noted that China and Vietnam have a number of goals and interests in common. He expressed delight at good outcomes in bilateral defense cooperation with highlights including the defense strategic dialogue, delegation exchange, border cooperation, education and trainingcooperation, and experience sharing in UN peacekeeping operations.
Hailing the outcomes of the annual Vietnam-China border defense friendship exchange, the Chinese defense minister said that the Chinese side is considering the conditions and wishing to organize similar exchanges with its other neighbors.
The host also confirmed that China wants to deepen bilateral defense cooperation for practical and effective outcomes. He then briefed the guest on new developments in defense relations between China and other ASEAN countries.
Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh thanked the Chinese Defense Minister for his reception and passed regards of Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich to the Chinese defense minister.
The visiting deputy defense minister said that the Vietnamese defense minister is expecting to receive his Chinese counterpart on an official visit and to co-chair the 2017 Vietnam-China Border Defense Friendship Exchange.
The guest affirmed that Vietnam always attaches importance to preserving and developing neighborliness and friendship between Vietnam and China, which have been fostered by generations of leaders of the two countries.
The Vietnamese defense delegation participating in the 6th Vietnam-China Defense Strategic Dialogue aims to boost bilateral defense cooperation between Vietnam and China in various areas and toward practical and effective outcomes, contributing actively to the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic partnership, he said.
According to him, the two sides have carefully prepared for the 6th Vietnam-China Defense Strategic Dialogue so it will surely be successful. After the dialogue, the two delegations will provide good advice to the Central Military Commissions and Defense Ministries of the two countries on expanding bilateral defense cooperation and developing it as an important pillar in Vietnam-China relations.
He also affirmed that Vietnam advocates increased defense cooperation between China and other ASEAN countries for peace and stability in the region.
On the same day, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh led the Vietnamese defense delegation to participate in a Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). The meeting, which is scheduled on November 2 and 3, includes such topics as regional security in the South Pacific, China’s role in the global security order, and the geopolitical implications of the “New Silk Road.”
After the event, the Vietnamese delegation will join the 6th Vietnam-China Defense Strategic Dialogue. Answering the local press, General Vinh revealed that the dialogue will prepare for the signing of several deals between the two sides in the coming time apart from discussions on bilateral defense cooperation and issues of mutual concern.
Reported by Bao Trung from Beijing, China
Translated by Thu Nguyen


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