Party chief receives Chinese defence minister hinh anh 1Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan in Hanoi on March 27.

The Party General Secretary welcomed the minister to Vietnam for a visit and to attend the third Vietnam-China friendship defence border exchange.

He hailed the outcome of the talks between the defence ministers of the two countries, saying that it is a measure to implement the common perception reached by senior leaders of the two Parties and States. The talk’s outcome also helped strengthen mutual understanding and political trust as well as the bond between the two Parties and States in general and the two armies in particular.

General Secretary Trong also valued the cooperation and exchange between the two armies over the recent past and suggested that the two sides continue to maintain high-level contact and effectively carry out defence cooperation mechanisms such as defence policy dialogue, joint patrol on the Tonkin Gulf and along the land border, and defence exchange, thus contributing to constantly strengthen the peaceful, stable friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

He reiterated that Vietnam always attaches importance to developing the traditional neighbourly friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China. He called for the two sides to focus efforts on realising the common perception and agreement between leaders of the two Parties and countries via practical and specific action, enhancing political trust, accelerating and increasing the collaboration across the fields, safeguarding peace and stability in the East Sea in the spirit of respect for mutual interest and adherence to international law.

Minister Chang Wanquan extended regards from the Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping as well as his congratulations on the success of Vietnam’s 12th National Party Congress.

He briefed his host on the result of his talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh and the cooperation between the two defence ministries.

The minister expressed his wish for more exchanges in high-level visits and military research, defence technology cooperation and border friendship exchanges between the two armies.

He also affirmed that the Chinese Party, Government and armies attach great importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam.

The Chinese army is resolved to work together with the Vietnamese army to implement the agreement reached by the two Parties’ leaders, contributing to the healthy and stable development of the bilateral relationship and to maintaining peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world at large, the minister said.-VNA