Business activities and trade in the border gates of Mong Cai, Bac Phong Sinh and Hoanh Mo-Dong Van in the northern province of Quang Ninh are operating as normal despite ongoing tensions at sea between Vietnam and China, according to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade.

Vice Chairman of the Mong Cai city’s People Committee Nguyen Tien Dung said the Chinese side has tighten management in border gates so goods volume exchanged between the two countries’ border localities has decreased.

However, Chinese traders have still retained their business in border markets in Mong Cai city. There are about 800 continuing as normal in the city.

According to Director of the Department Pham Ngoc Thuy, the local authorities are still working to maintain stable prices for several essential commodities, including rice.

In spite of the impacts caused by China’s illegal act of placing its oil rig in Vietnam’s waters, the number of Chinese holiday-makers to Quang Ninh increased again from June 1, Thuy said.

He added that the local agencies will do their utmost to ensure safety for foreign tourists, including those from China, when they visit the locality.-VNA