China, Vietnam carry out first joint patrol in Beibu Gulf in 2023

China Military Online
Huang Panyue
2023-04-14 18:42:58

BEIJING, April 14 -- The coast guards of China and Vietnam conducted the first joint patrol in 2023 in the Beibu Gulf from April 11 to 13.

During the joint patrol, the Chinese and Vietnamese coast guard vessels carried out observations, recording and boarding inspections according to the established plan and route, cruising for a total of 59 hours and 542.4 nautical miles, and inspecting 37 Chinese fishing boats and 63 Vietnamese fishing boats. In general, the offshore production and operation were in good order.

During the mission, both sides learned from each other on the boarding and inspection operations as well as other law enforcement experience.

This is the 25th joint patrol conducted by the maritime law enforcement departments of China and Vietnam since 2006. For the first time, the patrol was jointly commanded by the director-general of CCG and the commander of VCG, and it was also the first maritime meeting between the senior leaders of the two countries’ maritime law enforcement departments. The two sides reviewed the work carried out since the 6th China-Vietnam Coast Guard High-Level Meeting in 2022, spoke highly of this joint patrol, and reached a consensus on the next exchange activities.

China Coast Guard will continue to deepen the maritime law enforcement cooperation, consolidate the bilateral traditional friendship, and strengthen the business exchanges with Vietnam Coast Guard, in a bid to handle maritime emergencies properly and maintain maritime security and stability jointly.

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