Chinese soldiers detect mines in Masupo district, Yunnan province, along Vietnam-China border (Source: Xinhua/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The work of clearing mines in the shared border areas is a regular and necessary mission of Vietnam and China, said Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang.

The diplomat was replying reporters’ queries regarding China’s demining campaign along the Vietnam-China border at a press briefing in Hanoi on December 10.

Vietnamese competent agencies have coordinated closely and asked the Chinese side to ensure the maximum safety of local residents and their property during the demining course, Hang said.

The mine clearance operation aims to guarantee the safety for local residents and their property, she noted.

It is to facilitate production and promote cooperation in trade and tourism as well as people-to-people exchange in the border area, she said.-VNA