Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh (R) and Deputy Chief of General Staff of China People's Liberation Army Sun Jianguo (L) at the reception (Source: VNA)
Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh underscored defence cooperation as a pillar in the Vietnam – China comprehensive strategic partnership while meeting Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the China People’s Liberation Army Sun Jianguo in Hanoi on August 10.

Thanh spoke highly of the fifth strategic defence dialogue held in Hanoi the same day, saying that it will push ties between the two armies and peoples forward.

He called on the two defence ministries to further strengthen solidarity and mutual understanding in the coming time.

The Party, State and people of Vietnam continually treasure the friendship, comprehensive and equal cooperation for mutual benefit with China, Thanh stated.

Sun Jianguo, for his part, expressed wish to foster mutually-beneficial ties with the Vietnamese army for the sake of the two peoples.-VNA