Vietnam, China Begin Joint Sea Patrol in Tonkin Gulf

The Vietnam Coast Guard and its Chinese counterpart conducted the second joint patrol in the waters adjacent to the Gulf of Tonkin delimitation line.

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Vietnam, China Begin Joint Sea Patrol in Tonkin Gulf
Colonel Luong Cao Khai, Vice Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard Region 1 leads the Vietnamese fleet. Photo: https://www.qdnd.vn/

The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) and the China Coast Guard (CCG) on November 3-6 are conducting their second joint patrol in 2022 in the waters adjacent to the demarcation line in the Gulf of Tonkin, VNA reported.

Colonel Luong Cao Khai, Vice Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard Region 1 lead the Vietnamese fleet. Meanwhile, the Chinese fleet is led by Huang Min, Director of the fourth bureau’s law enforcement department under the CCG.

During the greeting ceremony on the same day morning, the Vietnamese side congratulated the Chinese side on the success of the 20th National Party Congress, affirming that the traditional friendship between the two countries is a precious asset of the two parties, states and peoples.

Vietnam, China Begin Joint Sea Patrol in Tonkin Gulf
The Vietnam Coast Guard hopes that the patrol will help to boost relations between the two countries. Photo: Quang Ninh newspaper
Vietnam, China Begin Joint Sea Patrol in Tonkin Gulf
The two sides hold phone talks, inspect boats and ships operating in the areas, disseminate regulations and law to fishermen, and practice coordinating in search and rescue at sea. Photo: https://www.qdnd.vn/

Vietnam always attaches importance to promoting the Vietnam – China cooperation and comprehensive strategic partnership, Colonel Khai said, adding that this is a top priority in the country’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification, multilateralisation, active and proactive international integration.

He highlighted the increasing cooperation between the VCG and the CCG, affirming that the joint patrol demonstrates the close cooperation of the two countries’ maritime law enforcement agencies in the Gulf of Tonkin, contributing to further strengthening their traditional friendship and jointly building the Gulf of Tonkin waters into a sea of peace, stability and respect for the law.

Vietnam, China Begin Joint Sea Patrol in Tonkin Gulf
A ship of the China Coast Guard. Photo: https://www.qdnd.vn/

For his part, the Chinese officer expressed his pleasure at the maintenance and development of the joint patrol operation between the two coast guard forces, believing that the two sides will complete safely and smoothly the patrol – the fifth of such move since 2020.

The two sides will patrol 13 locations in the waters adjacent to the Gulf of Tonkin delimitation line with a distance of 255.5 nautical miles.

During the joint patrol, the forces also conducted educational activities targeting fishing vessels operating in the area.

Vietnam, China Begin Joint Sea Patrol in Tonkin Gulf
Ship CSB 8004. Photo: https://www.qdnd.vn/

After the Vietnam – China agreement on fishery cooperation in the Gulf of Tonkin expired on June 30, 2020, the Vietnamese and Chinese coast guard forces have conducted various joint patrols in the waters adjacent to the Gulf of Tonkin delimitation line to ensure fishing activities to take place normally in the time when the two countries are negotiating to determine the next cooperation contents.

The joint patrol is to maintain order and security in the Gulf of Tonkin, thus contributing to strengthening cooperation and mutual understanding between the coast guard forces of the two countries.

In addition, the joint patrol aims to disseminate law to fishermen and enhance command capability and experience of the coast guard troops.

Hannah Nguyen