Vietnam, China wrap up demarcation of land border

Vietnam and China held a ceremony at the Huu Nghi (Friendship) border gate in Lang Son Province on February 23 to mark completion of their border demarcation and erection of boundary markers.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem (R) with Dai Bingguo, a member of the Chinese State Council, at a ceremony to mark the completion of border demarcation and the erection of boundary markers between the two countries (Photo: SGGP)

It was jointly presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Dai Bingguo, a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee and State Council.

The Vietnamese and Chinese representatives unveiled marker No. 1116 (on the Vietnamese side) and marker No. 1117 (on the Chinese side), completing the marking of the land border between the two countries.

Mr. Khiem described the completion of the work as an event of great historical significance in bilateral relations.

He said: “Over the past several years, the relationship between the two countries has been consolidated and developed into a comprehensive strategic partnership in the motto of ‘friendly neighborliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability, and a future-oriented vision’ and in the spirit of ‘good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners’."

Mr. Dai said: “The border demarcation and erection of boundary markers are related to the sovereignty of both countries and the benefits of their people.

“China deeply respects the bilateral relationship and will work with the Vietnamese government to turn the border into the one of exchange, friendship and cooperation, bringing happiness to the people of both countries.”

The two later held talks at the Lang Son provincial border guard station. They expressed satisfaction at the good relationship between the two countries and said they would soon complete a protocol on the border demarcation and marking for signing within this year.

Lang Son Province organized a large cultural and art program to celebrate the event. 

By Van Nghia, Van Phuc – Translated by Truc Mai

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