General Ngo Xuan Lich (right) receiving outgoing Chinese ambassador Hong Xiaoyong. 

At the reception, General Lich appreciated considerable contributions of Ambassador Hong to the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and China over the past time.

The host affirmed that Vietnam and China are close and traditional neighbors, adding that during the ambassador’s term of office, the bilateral defense cooperation – one of the pillars in the Vietnam-China relations – saw positive developments.

The Vietnamese general hoped that on his new position, Ambassador Hong continues to contribute to enhancing the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

In turn, Ambassador Hong emphasized that Chinese Party, State, Army and people always attach importance to expanding the bilateral relations with Vietnam.

Translated by Van Hieu