Chinese defense minister meets with Vietnamese counterpart

China Military Online
Li Jiayao
2023-06-27 16:23:51

BEIJING, June 27 -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Li Shangfu met with Vietnamese Minister of National Defence General Phan Van Giang in Beijing on Tuesday.

General Li Shangfu said that China and Vietnam are friendly socialist neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. President Xi Jinping first invited General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Nguyen Phu Trong to visit China after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) last year, which reflected the special friendship between the two parties and the two countries.

He stressed that as an important part of bilateral relations, China-Vietnam military relations enjoy a sound momentum of development. China is willing to work with the Vietnamese side to strengthen high-level communication between the two militaries, improve mechanism building and deepen practical cooperation.

At present, the international situation is intertwined with changes and turmoil, and the Asia-Pacific region still faces some security challenges. China and Vietnam should continue to join hands and unite closely in the new journey of socialism, safeguard the common strategic interests of the two countries, and make positive contributions to regional peace and stability, he added.

General Phan Van Giang thanked China for its valuable support and assistance in Vietnam's national liberation and state construction. He said that Vietnam will continue to uphold the policy of long-term stability, forward-thinking, good neighborliness and comprehensive cooperation, and the spirit of being good neighbors, friends, comrades and partners to develop the comprehensive strategic cooperation between Vietnam and China.

He said that the Vietnamese military is willing to continue to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields such as political work, border defense exchanges and personnel training, and push the bilateral military relations to a new level.

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