Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh (right) hosts a reception for Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam Yin Haihong in Hanoi on October 1. (Photo: qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh hosted a reception for Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam Yin Haihong in Hanoi on October 1.

Vinh congratulated China on the 69th anniversary of the National Day and affirmed that the Vietnam – China Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership has been growing strong with the bilateral defence ties being one of the key pillars.

The partnership between the two countries’ armed forces has achieved positive and practical results, he said. The two sides have been active in exchange of visits at all levels, joint medical checkup for border communities, border cooperation, military history studies, providing Vietnamese and Chinese language courses for military personnel from both sides and experience exchange in United Nations peacekeeping missions, he noted.

The two nations have supported each other at multilateral forums, particularly the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM ). Vietnam will participate in an ASEAN-China Maritime Drill at China’s Zhanjiang naval base in late October.

The deputy minister spoke highly of the visit to China by Sen. Lieut. Gen. Luong Cuong, head of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army in July, saying that the successful visit has greatly contributed to the relations between the two Parties, States and armies.

He suggested the two sides further discuss details of their plan to deepen the bilateral defence cooperation in the time ahead, including the fifth Vietnam – China border defence friendship exchange to take place in Cao Bang this November, the deputy minister-level defence policy dialogue and exchange of high-level visits between the two armies.

Yin, for her part, thanked Vinh for his reception. She agreed with her host on the significant development of the two nations’ Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership as well as defence relations.

She pledged that she will report his proposals to her higher authority at the earliest.–VNA