Vietnamese, Chinese Coast Guards cooperate to prevent crimes in Gulf of Tonkin

WVR/VNA - The Coast Guards of Vietnam and China will conduct joint patrol quarterly to prevent crimes and violations in the waters adjacent to the delimitation line in the Gulf of Tonkin, according to an online meeting between the two sides held on January 31, 2024.
Vietnamese, Chinese coast guards cooperate to fight crimes in Gulf of Tonkin
Vietnamese, Chinese coast guards cooperate to fight crimes in Gulf of Tonkin: The Vietnam Coast Guard at the online meeting (Photo:

The meeting was co-chaired by Colonel Luong Dinh Hung, Director of the Department of Professional Affairs and Law under the Vietnam Coast Guard and Colonel Ding Wengang, director of the law enforcement department of the Nanhai branch of the China Coast Guard.

Besides reaching consensus on sharing information on crimes in the Gulf of Tonkin, focusing on drug trafficking and illegal immigration, the two sides agreed to work together to sketch out plans for crime prevention and ask competent authorities for permission to take joint actions.

The Vietnamese Coast Guard force has recorded signs of trafficking, trade fraud, drug crimes and illegal transport of oil in the waters of Mong Cai city – the locality with robust trade activities with China.

According to Colonel Hung, sophisticated methods and tricks of criminals coupled with violations of fishing vessels from the two countries have posed risks to security order in the waters.

Vietnam and China approved the agreement on maritime boundary delimitation in the Gulf of Tonkin in 2004. Over the past time, the pact was carried out seriously, contributing to consolidating their traditional friendship as well as maintaining and promoting stability and development in the waters.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)