Cooperation between the armies of Vietnam and China played an important role in increasing the two countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership, Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong said.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also National Assembly Chairman, made the remark while receiving Senior Lieutenant General Guo Boxiong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, in Hanoi on April 13.

He highly valued outcomes of the talks between the two countries’ high-level military delegations, urging the two Defence Ministries to exert efforts, closely work together in implementing signed agreements, and contribute to boosting Vietnam-China relations.

The Party, State and people of Vietnam will spare no effort together with the Party, State and people of China to elevate the Vietnam-China “comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership” to a new height, for the benefit of both countries’ people, for peace, stability and development in the region and the world, Trong affirmed.

Vice Chairman Guo Boxiong, who is also a Politburo member, stressed that with the two countries’ shared motto of “friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-lasting stability, future-oriented vision” and the spirit of “good neighbours, good friends, good comrades, good partnership”, the “comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership” between the two parties, states and people of China and Vietnam had been unceasingly strengthened.

Party General Secretary Trong and Vice Chairman Guo emphasised that the Vietnam-China traditional friendship built and fostered by President Ho Chi Minh, President Mao Zedong and leaders of both countries and parties are valuable treasures of the two parties, states and people as well as a firm basis for development of each country.

Also the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Sen-Lieut-Gen. Guo Boxiong, describing his current visit to Vietnam as a vivid manifestation and contribution to promoting relations between the two Parties, armies and people.

Basing on the spirit of both comradeship and brotherhood, PM Dung proposed the two sides talk and seek fundamental and long-lasting measures that both sides are able to accept for the East Sea issue, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Sen-Lieut-Gen. Guo informed that his current visit to Vietnam aims at promoting relations between the two armies, bringing the military ties to equal the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership.

He said during the talks between the two armies, they agreed to increase exchange of high-level visits and strategies and sharing of experience in building and managing the army. They also agreed to continue cooperation in short-term training and exchange of military cadets, cooperation in rescue and improving capacity in response to non-traditional security challenges.

He also agreed on PM Dung’s viewpoint in solving the East Sea issue, affirming efforts to join with Vietnam to consider and solve issues that both sides acknowledge as differences./.