Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung lauded cooperation between the Ministries of Public Security of Vietnam and China over the past time, especially their close coordination in fighting border crimes, describing it as a practical contribution to boosting the cooperation between the two nations.

He received Chinese Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu, who is in Vietnam for the 3 rd Anti-Crime Conference between the two Ministries of Public Security, in Hanoi on October 23.

The PM expressed his wish that the two ministries will continue to implement their cooperation activities in a more effective and intensive way, affirming the Vietnamese Government’s constant support for these activities.

He reiterated “ Vietnam always attaches importance to developing cooperation with China and will do its utmost to foster bilateral ties in all aspects for the common development of the two sides.”

The PM noted the fact that both countries still hold on different perceptions on sea-related issues and emphasised the need to discuss and work together to seek a satisfactory and long-term measure acceptable for both sides in the spirit of comradeship and fraternity as well as high-level agreements reached between the two countries and international laws.

The East Sea issue should not be allowed to affect the two countries’ cooperation, he said.

Minister Meng informed the host of the productive outcomes of cooperation between the two ministries over the past time, mentioning those in the fight against crimes, such as drug and human trafficking, telecom swindling, weapon smuggling, and hi-tech crime in border areas.

He affirmed that the Chinese ministry will continue to closely coordinate and cooperate with the Vietnamese side in effectively implementing their cooperation agreements, helping promote the traditional friendship between the two countries.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Meng shared with PM Dung’s viewpoints, expressing his belief that the issue will not affect the Vietnam-China relationship.

Earlier on the same day, Meng and his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, co-chaired the 3 rd Anti-Crime Conference between the two ministries.

Reviewing cooperation results since September 2010, the two sides agreed that they have closely cooperated in realising common perceptions and effectively combated criminal acts that have threatened the two countries’ security and social order.

The two sides have together protected peace and stability in border areas, helping boost the sustainable and stable development of the Vietnam-China strategic cooperation partnership.

At the conference, the two ministries agreed to continue consolidating and strengthening their cooperation in the spirit of solidarity, friendship and equal cooperation.

They will coordinate in fighting crimes such as terrorism, trans-national crime, transport and trade of weapons and explosives, trafficking of drugs and humans, especially women and children, gambling and other economic crimes.

They will also step up collaboration in protecting internal security and effectively spoil hostile forces’ activities attempted to undermine the national great unity.

In addition to increasing meetings and visits, the two sides will also strengthen cooperation at ASEAN-China forums.-VNA