Vietnam and China to conduct a joint patrol in Tonkin Gulf

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  1. JAYRAM

    JAYRAM 2 STRIKE CORPS Senior Member

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    PANO - Two Vietnamese naval boats, the HQ375 and HQ376 (under Corps M62, Naval Region D), representing Vietnam People’s Navy and Army, on June 18th, departed to take part in a joint patrol with China People’s Liberation Navy’s boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

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    This is the 11th joint patrol that has been conducted since the two navies signed an agreement on Joint Patrol Status in October 2005.

    As scheduled, the joint patrol started at 8am on June 19th and will finish at 10.15am on June 20th (Hanoi time) with a journey of 306 nautical miles.

    The joint patrol aims to promote the traditional friendly neighbourhood cooperation relationship between Vietnam and China, as well as enhance the mutual understanding and trust between the two armies and navies.

    The patrolled area is the delimitated waters that border Vietnam and China in the Tonkin Gulf. The patrol also targets to maintain security and order at sea, put forward the Agreement on Fishing Cooperation, stabilise normal production activities of the two countries’ fishermen in the Tonkin Gulf and to share experiences between the two navies.

    After the joint patrol, under the instruction from Chinese boats, two Vietnamese boats, led by Colonel Nguyen Van Kiem, Deputy-Chief-of-Naval Staff, will dock at Zhanjiang port to start their official friendly visit and exchange with China People’s Liberation Navy.

    Translated by Mai Huong

    Vietnam and China to conduct a joint patrol in Tonkin Gulf - 6/19/2011 - Báo QĐND English
     
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  3. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Zhanjiang is the HQtrs of PLAN's South Sea Fleet. Quite mixed signals so far. I'd rather see a face-off btwn China and VN. The 2 countries never got well along with each other and from a Chinese perspective VN has often been on the "wrong" side of history. Despite China's backing during VN's independence wars against first France, then the US, VN quickly took side with the Soviet Union over Sino-USSR schism. Upon the USSR's collapse VN had to knock at China's door for resumption of "friendship"!!
     
  4. satish007

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    What's the hell they are doing?
     

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