Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang (front, right) welcomes Chinese State Councillor and Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe (front, left) in Hanoi on April 25. (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Sen.
Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang hosted an official welcome ceremony in Hanoi on
April 25 for Chinese State Councillor and Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe, who is
paying an official visit to Vietnam from April 24-27.
During the talks held following the ceremony,
Giang, who is also a member of the Politburo and Deputy Secretary of the Central
Military Commission, lauded the Chinese minister’s visit, saying that it shows the special attention of the Chinese
Party, Government and Ministry of National Defence to promoting the sound traditional
friendship between the two Parties and States as well as the two Ministries of National Defence in particular, for the interest of both peoples and peace,
stability, cooperation and development in each country as well as in the region and
He congratulated China on the successful organisation of the
meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s
Political Consultative Conference, as well as the country’s announcement of the
completion of the first 100-year-goal and the launching of the first year of the
14th five-year plan, laying the foundation for the second 100-year-goal.
Giang briefed the guest on the success of the
13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), underlining that the Party, State,
Government and army of Vietnam always attach great importance to the
reinforcement of traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership
with China, considering it as one of the top priorities in Vietnam’s foreign policy.
An overview of the talks (Photo: VNA)
For his part, Wei affirmed that defence cooperation
between the two countries is one of the important pillars, contributing to the
enhancement of the friendship and partnership between the two Parties and
States, for the benefits of people in both countries and for peace, cooperation
and development in each country as well as in the region and the world.
Both sides agreed that the year of 2020 witnessed complicated developments in the world and
regional situation with great risks of instability, creating new challenges to
the trend of peace, cooperation and development and greatly impacting the
security and development environment of all countries.
They spoke highly the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020, noting
that through online meetings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the bloc gave many
initiatives to strengthen cooperation and successfully organise major events
for the year.
In the defence area, dialogue mechanisms were maintained,
helping to promote trust building, maintaining a peaceful and stable
environment in the region, with outstanding events including the ceremony
marking the 10th anniversary of the ASEAN Defence Ministers'
Meeting Plus and the 7th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting.
On the occasion, Giang thanked China for
supporting Vietnam in performing the role of ASEAN Chair in 2020 as well as in
the defence channel in particular.
Over the past 70 years since the two countries set up their
diplomatic relations, despite ups and downs, the friendship and cooperation
have been the mainstream in the relationship between the two Parties and
countries, the minister said.
The consistent viewpoint of the Party, State and army of
Vietnam is to build the long-lasting, stable and trustworthy friendship and
comprehensive cooperation with China, he stated, adding that Vietnam always
remembers the helpful support that the Chinese Party, Government and people have
given to Vietnam during the past struggle for national liberation and
reunification and the current process of national reform.
Lauding the efficient defence collaboration between Vietnam and China over the
past years, the two ministers agreed that the cooperation has been expanded through
diverse forms and become more practical. Despite impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic,
the two sides have still maintained flexible and effective exchanges, they
They held that in the future, the two sides should continue to implement
cooperation spheres included in the signed agreements, especially the Statement on the
joint vision on defence cooperation to 2025 between the two Defence Ministries,
focusing on the effective implementation of existing exchange and collaboration
mechanisms, especially the defence strategy dialogue at the deputy minister level,
and the Vietnam-China border defence friendship exchange, as well as Party and
political activities, and collaboration among armed forces, academies and
As COVID-19 has yet to be completely controlled, the two
sides should actively promote the efficiency of phone talks and online
conferences to maintain discussions, they said.
Both sides also frankly exchanged views on a number of existing problems in
the bilateral relations. The Vietnamese minister affirmed Vietnam’s
persistent stance of settling all disputes through peaceful measures on the
basis of respecting each other's legitimate rights and interests in line with
international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS), as well as the full and effective implementation of the
Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), while well
controlling disputes at sea and not complicating the situation, and not using
force or threatening to use force.
Following the talks, the two ministers witnessed the signing of a memorandum of
understanding on the formation of relations between friendly units in international
defence cooperation between the two ministries.
The same day, General Ngo Xuan Lich, former Deputy Secretary of the Central
Military Commission, former Politburo member and former Minister of National Defence, hosted
a reception for Chinese State Councillor and Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe.
Within the visit’s framework, Wei and the high-ranking Chinese
defence delegation laid wreaths and paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his
mausoleum in Hanoi./.