Vietnam, China hold 3rd defense dialogue

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Vietnam and China held their third strategic defense dialogue in Hanoi on Monday, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

The dialogue was chaired by Senior Lieutenant-general Nguyen Chi Vinh, deputy defense minister, and his Chinese counterpart, Senior Lieutenant-general Ma Xiaotian.

In his opening note, Ma said China attached much importance to the dialogue and congratulated Vietnam on the 67th anniversary of Vietnam's National Day (September 2).

"Vietnam and China are neighbors. We cannot choose our neighbors but we can choose a cooperative relationship," he said.

According to the Ministry of National Defense, the dialogue aims to strengthen trust between the two countries, affirm Vietnam's unchangeable standpoint in defense relations with China and push the implementation of high-level declarations and agreements on bilateral defense ties.

The two sides discussed international and regional issues which affect security, defense and economic development as well as sabotage plots threatening the two countries.

Vietnam continued to affirm its standpoints including those relating to territorial sovereignty.

The ministry also said the dialogue aims to reassure the fine relationship between Vietnam and China despite disagreements involving sea issues.

The two countries held the previous defense dialogues in Hanoi (in 2010) and Beijing (in 2011).

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