Sixteen Vietnamese singers joined a singing competition in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Oct. 9, to vie the night to participate in the final round of the second Vietnam-China Friendship Singing Contest.

The event is part of activities to mark the 61 years of the Vietnam - China diplomatic relations, contributing to tighten the friendly ties between the two neighbouring countries.

The contest was co-organised by the Quang Ninh Radio and Television Station, the VTC Digital Television, the broadcasting and television stations of the coastal and northern mountainous provinces in cooperation with China ’s Guangxi Television, the Guangxi People’s Radio Station and China ’s International Broadcasting.

In the two-night competition, 16 candidates have to perform one Vietnamese song and one Chinese song. The organisation board will pick out the best six contestants to represent Vietnam in the contest’s final round, scheduled to take place in Ha Long City in November./.