Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong Sunday said the completion of border markers in Lao Cai Province illustrated the process to promote peace, friendship and development along the Viet Nam-China border.
Trong spoke at a ceremony to mark the conclusion of the land border and landmark planting project in Lao Cai, the first of seven northern provinces to finish the work along the boundary with China’s Yunnan province.
Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Dung, a member of the National Steering Committee on land border demarcation and marker planting and head of the National Border Committee of Viet Nam, said Viet Nam and China had completed 85 percent of the work.
However, the remaining markers were located in hard-to-access areas, which required the localities to work harder to meet the schedule, he said.
Chinese Embassy’s charge d’affaires Zhai Liming and Head of Yunnan province’s External Affair Committee Chu Hong said they believed the event would open up more opportunity for boosting understanding, friendship and cooperation between the two countries, particularly cross-border economic activities.
Lao Cai was assigned to plant landmarks on 203 km of the border that crosses Phong Tho, Bat Xat, Muong Khuong and Si Ma Cai districts and Lao Cai City.
The province completed planting the last landmark, number 144, in Muong Khuong District on December 27.
Of the total 124 main landmarks and four sub land marks, the province was responsible for 65 landmarks, while the Chinese province planted 63 landmarks.