Vietnam, China push for borderline of peace and friendship

A Vietnamese high-ranking official has described the completion of demarcation and marker planting along the land borderline shared by Vietnam and China as an event of great historical significance in the two countries’ relations.

A marker on the Vietnam-China borderline (Photo: VNA)

Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Dung made the comment on the occasion of a ceremony marking the completion of demarcation and marker planting along the Vietnam-China borderline held at the Huu Nghi international border gate on February 23.

The Vietnamese official also viewed the event as a new and important development step in the two countries’ relations, which opens new opportunities for bilateral economic and trade ties, and particularly contributes to further elevating the relations between border localities.

“This (the completion demarcation) also serves as the foundation for each side to manage and maintain stability in the border area and to realize the plan of building the Vietnam-China border into the one of peace, friendship, cooperation and long-term stability for the interest of the people of the two countries in general and those who live in the border area in particular,” Dung said.

Reviewing the process of demarcation and marker planting, Dung said following the two countries’ signing of a land border treaty in 1999 and the two legislative bodies’ ratification of the treaty later, the two sides had reached consensus on 12 legal and technical documents between 2000 and 2002, laying the ground for the demarcation and marker planting work.

As a result, in December 2001, the first marker on the two countries’ borderline was installed at the Mong Cai- Dong Xing border gate, and since October 2002, both sides concurrently deployed demarcation and planting work on the entire shared borderline.

According to Dung, during 2002- 2003, the demarcation was conducted from west to east and the two sides installed 89 markers on the borderline.

Since 2004, the two countries planted around 250-300 border markers each year.

On December 31, 2008, Vietnam and China completed the demarcation and marker planting work in line with the agreement of their high-ranking leaders.

Deputy FM Dung highlighted the work a triumph of the Vietnam-China friendship and a vivid manifestation of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership envisioned by the two countries’ leaders.

The Vietnamese official also attributed the achievement to the prompt instructions of high-ranking leaders of both countries and tireless efforts of negotiators as well as ministerial and branch-level agencies involved in the work.

So far, almost 2,000 border markers, including 1,500 main ones and more than 400 auxiliaries, had been installed along the 1,400-km Vietnam-China land borderline.

Regarding the tasks for 2009, the Deputy FM said both sides will continue discussions to finalize a protocol on border delimitation and marker planting and its appendices.

The two sides will negotiate a new border management regulation and an agreement on international border gates management in addition to signing a cooperation agreement to tap tourism potential at the Ban Gioc waterfall. They will also issue a regulation on travel through the mouth of the Bac Luan River.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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