Co-operation between armies praised at meeting with China

Co-operation between the armies of Viet Nam and China played an important role in boosting the comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership of the two countries, said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

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 Ha Noi yesterday.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Snr Lt-Gen Gou Boxiong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, in Ha Noi yesterday.

Trong said he highly valued the outcomes of talks between high-level military delegations, and urged the two defence ministries to exert efforts, work closely together to implement signed agreements, and contribute to boosting Viet Nam-China relations.

The Party, State and people of Viet Nam would spare no effort together with the Party, State and people of China to elevate the Viet Nam-China "comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership" to new heights, 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 shared motto of "friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive co-operation, long-lasting stability, future-oriented vision" and the spirit of "good neighbours, good friends, good comrades, good partnership", the comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership between the two parties, states and peoples had been unceasingly strengthened.

Trong and Guo emphasised that the Viet Nam-China traditional friendship built and fostered by President Ho Chi Minh, President Mao Zedong and leaders of both countries and parties were valuable treasures of the two parties, states and people as well as a firm foundation for development of each country.

Vivid manifestation

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also received Guo yesterday, and described his current visit to Viet Nam as a vivid manifestation and contribution to promoting relations between the two Parties, armies and peoples.

Basing on the spirit of both camaraderie and brotherhood, Dung proposed the two sides talk and seek fundamental and long-lasting measuresacceptable for both sides on the East Sea issue, which would contribute to peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world.

Guo said his current visit to Viet Nam aimed at promoting relations between the two armies, specifically to help military ties equal the China-Viet Nam comprehensive strategic co-operation partnership.

During talks between the two armies, he said they agreed to increase high-level exchange visits and strategies, and share experiences in building and managing the army. They also agreed to continue co-operation in short-term training and exchange of military cadets, co-operation in rescue, and improving capacity in response to non-traditional security challenges.

Guo also agreed with Dung's viewpoint in solving the East Sea issue, affirming efforts to join with Viet Nam to consider and solve issues that both sides acknowledge as differences.

Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh, who is also deputy secretary of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, also held talks yesterday with Senior Lieutenant-General Guo Boxiong after a welcoming ceremony.

The two sides agreed that consolidating and developing the strategic comprehensive co-operation partnership was the unchanged motto of the two Parties and States and that Viet Nam's and China's armed forces would further strengthen exchanges and co-operation to help speed up Viet Nam-China relations for peace and stability in the region.

They signed a training co-operation agreement between the two defence ministries for 2011

VNA

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