Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers join in a border friendship exchange in 2016 (Photo: qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong has stated that the military relationship is an important pillar of the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

In a recent interview with the Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily, Ambassador Hong said China values the upcoming visit to China by Politburo member General Ngo Xuan Lich, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence.

Hong hailed the Vietnam-China border defence exchange in 2015 and 2016 for enriching collaboration between the two armies and strengthening the belief in living together in peace between the two peoples.

The Vietnam-China land border is becoming one of China’s safest, he said.

According to him, the two armies have worked together on defence strategy dialogue, border exchanges, joint patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin, training and sharing of experience in Party and political work and United Nations peacekeeping missions.

He expressed his belief that work between the two armies will be strengthened via all-level visits in the future.

The ambassador also called for maintaining meetings between high-ranking border officials, devising plans for the fourth Vietnam-China border friendship exchange while boosting coordination in peacekeeping missions and naval exchanges.

The visit by General Lich is of significance, contributing to boosting ties between the two armies, States and countries, he said, adding that China will work closely with Vietnam to prepare for the visit.-VNA