Vietnamese, Chinese military officials determined to lift bilateral ties to new height

Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Ngo Xuan Lich met with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Beijing on Friday, saying that their ministries' cooperation has continued to help bolster the countries' political trust.

General Lich said 2016 was the year when Vietnam and China gained many achievements which were realized through visits by leaders of the two Parties, states, and armies.

He added that the regular meetings have proven the bilateral relations have been consolidated meeting the peoples' aspirations and benefits.

Minister Lich noted that 2017 is an important year for both nations and armies with the ongoing official visit to China by General Secretary Trong and a scheduled visit to Vietnam by Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping on the occasion of the APEC Summit 2017.

In reply, Minister Chang called on both sides to comply with the Vietnamese and Chinese senior leaders' common perceptions as reflected in the joint vision statement on defence cooperation until 2025, thus bringing bilateral relations to a new height.

On the same day during a meeting with Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong, Minister Lich discussed cooperation measures to build the two armies with political firmness which deserve to be the loyal and trustworthy force of their respective Parties, peoples and nations.

Source: VOV5