Last update 4/17/2012 3:28:19 PM (GMT+7)

Vietnamese and Chinese armies strengthen cooperation

VietNamNet Bridge – The armies of Vietnam and China should promote dissemination of information on traditional friendship between the two countries and continue to co-ordinate at the multilateral forums, says senior Lieutenant-General Do Ba Ty.

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During his visit to China, the chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army held talks with a high-level delegation from the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) led by its Commander-in-Chief Chen Bingde on April 16.

Ty affirmed that the Vietnam-China relationship has been developing into a comprehensive strategic partnership. The Vietnamese Party, State, and People’s Army have always treasured China’s valuable support for their past struggle for national liberation and reunification and present cause of national construction.

He said both sides have effectively implemented the contents of the Protocol signed between the two ministries of defense in 2003 and other cooperative agreements. They have regularly exchanged high-level delegations and arranged for the two navies and border guards to conduct joint patrols and rescue missions to maintain security and order and combat crime.

Regarding the East Sea issue, both sides agreed to strictly implement the signed agreements including the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.

After analyzing the international and regional situation and assessing the cooperative results among the two armies, both sides also agreed to implement the contents of the signed protocol in 2003, strengthen the exchange of high-ranking delegations, cooperate in staff training and actively contribute to building a mechanism for the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+), in order to raise the two armies’ status in the region for the sake of peace cooperation and development.