A joint patrol between Vietnamese and Chinese naval forces is taking place in fishing areas shared by the two countries, according to Quan Doi Nhan Dan, the news website of the Vietnamese People's Army.
The patrolling, which began on June 4, was designed to check the law enforcement and fishing activities in the areas located between 17 degrees 47 minutes North, 107 degrees 58 minutes East, and 20 degrees 46 minutes North, 108 degrees 16 minutes East, the report said.
During the five-day patrol, the joint forces will also participate in an anti-pirate training drill.
According to the website, the Vietnamese ships HQ861 and HQ862 together with a brigade from the Navy Command No.3, which manages the central waters, attended the patrol.
Meanwhile, China sent its 752 and 753 missile ships, it said.
In June last year the two navy forces also conducted a joint-patrol in the waters of the Bac Bo Gulf, after which two Vietnamese navy ships visited China's Guangdong province.
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