An arts exchange programme under the theme “Joining hands to build a peaceful, friendly, cooperative and developing Vietnam-China land border” was held in the city of Ha Giang on March 2.

The event was organised by the local Border Guard Command to herald the 54 th anniversary of the Traditional Day of the Border Guard (March 3, 1959-2013) and the 24 th anniversary of the All People’s Border Guard (March 3, 1989-2013).

It was part of activities to raise patriotism among people nationwide, and to affirm Vietnamese border and island sovereignty. It encouraged officials, soldiers, and ethnic people in the northern border areas to preserve and defend national border sovereignty and security.

At the event, participants had a chance to enjoy various musical performances praising the Party, patriotism and the late President Ho Chi Minh, as well as the glorious heroic traditions of Vietnamese people’s armed forces and border guards.

The performance of officers and soldiers from Yunnan province in the southwest of China at the event also contributed to building and nurturing friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples.-VNA