Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong receives Chinese Politburo member, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (Photo: VNA).

The statement was made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at his reception in Hanoi on June 18th for Chinese Politburo member and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong.

The Party Secretary welcomed Fan and the Chinese high-ranking military delegation to Vietnam to attend the fourth Vietnam-China border defence friendship exchange program scheduled to take place in both Vietnam and China from June 20th-22nd.

Stressing the importance of cooperation and exchange programs between the two countries' armies, Trong said Vietnam and China should actively implement signed agreements and make full use of cooperative mechanisms like high-level meetings and friendship exchanges between land and marine border forces and dialogues on defence policy.

“Vietnam always values the long-time neighborly friendship and the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China,” he affirmed.

Fan, for his part, said China highly values the relationship with Vietnam, adding that the Chinese army, together with the Vietnamese army, is determined to carry out agreements between the two countries, contributing to the development of bilateral ties.

He said China hopes to increase high-level talks, strategic discussions and defence cooperation with Vietnam./.