At the conference, both sides listed the important outcomes reached by leaders of the two parties and states over the past years, while reviewing cooperation contents so as to concretize maritime law enforcement cooperation on the basis of the joint declaration on promoting and deepening the Vietnam - China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership issued during the Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to China in 2022, as well as cooperation between the two forces in 2023. They then discussed cooperation plans for 2024.

Major General Le Quang Dao at the conference
Major General Yu Zhong at the event
A general view of the conference

Accordingly, in 2023, the maritime law enforcement cooperation between Vietnam and China has been increasingly expanded and deepened, reaching many important results. Notably, they has successfully conducted two joint patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin waters, organized the third Vietnam-China Coast Guard Young Officer Exchange Program, regularly exchanged information and handled arising issues at sea, and visited each other on their important occasions.

The two sides agreed that in the time ahead, they would continue to bolster maritime law enforcement cooperation so as to address any arising issues at sea, together maintain security, safety and order at sea, boost cooperation in search and rescue mission, while supporting each other on multilateral forums, among others.

Major General Le Quang Dao and Major General Yu Zhong sign the minutes of the seventh Vietnam-China Coast Guard Working Conference.
Delegates in a group photo

They also emphasized that in 2024, the two forces should be well aware of the important mutual viewpoints between leaders of the two parties and states, on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two forces.

They agreed that a level-two contact point between the Coast Guard Region 2 Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard and the Nanhai Bureau of the China Coast Guard will start trial operations. It is in charge of informing each other of trawlers with violation of law, holding joint patrols, and discussing and handling issues at sea.

At the end of the event, the two sides inked the minutes of the seventh Vietnam - China Coast Guard Working Conference.

Translated by Minh Anh