Vietnam attaches importance to the traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnership with China.

Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh made the affirmation at a reception for visiting Major-General Wang Xixin, Vice Chancellor of the National Defence University of China, in Hanoi on November 28.

Thanh expressed his pleasure at the developing defence ties between the two countries, and gratitude to the Chinese Party, State and people for their support and assistance to Vietnam in its struggles against foreign invaders.

He emphasised the need to increase delegation exchanges at all levels, which, he said, will strengthen the friendship and solidarity between the two armies and peoples, benefiting people from the two countries as well as ensuring peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

The minister confirmed Vietnam’s defence policy of peace and self-defence, and stated that Vietnam does not join military alliances or permit foreign countries to establish military bases in its territory or use its territory against other states.

Wang expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Defence Ministry will send more officers to study at his university.-VNA