An overview of the ​talks (Source: baolaocail.vn)

Lao Cai (VNA) – The Border Guard Command of Vietnam’s northern Lao Cai province and Honghe county border police of China’s Yunnan province have agreed to set up a liaison officer mechanism and hotline between their equivalent units.

The two sides reached consensus during their talks in Lao Cai city on December 19. The move aims to help them swiftly exchange information regarding the management and protection of the common border and border gates, controlling export-import activities and combating cross-border law violations.

This is the first time an information exchange mechanism has been launched at the provincial level along the Vietnam-China land borderline.

During the talks, the two sides also agreed to multiply the model of twinning relations between Vietnamese and Chinese posts in order to join hands in building a peaceful border.

Thanks to concerted efforts of Vietnam and China to effectively deploy their signed mechanisms, the number of violations of border-related laws has decreased in 2017.

Apart from increasing communication campaigns, the two sides have conducted joint patrols to prevent cross-border crimes.

This year, Vietnam handed over 24 suspects who involved in nine cases to the Chinese side while China returned 272 suspects of 64 cases to Vietnamese authorities.

At the end of the talks, the two sides inked several minutes which will serve as a foundation for the implementation of their tasks in 2018.-VNA