Beijing, 24 November 2022 (TDI): People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China along with the Vietnamese People’s Army geared up to conduct naval exercises in the Beibu Gulf. Beibu Gulf is located in the South China Sea off the coast of southern China and northern Vietnam.

According to the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence of China, Colonel Wu Qian Vietnam and China will engage in the 33rd joint patrol in Beibu Gulf from 24 to 25 November 2022.

He gave this statement at a regular press conference on Thursday. PLA Southern Theater Command and Vietnam’s People’s Navy will carry out a joint patrol in Beibu Gulf.

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Colonel Wu Qian said that this joint patrol is a friendly exercise between the militaries of both countries. This exercise will aim to promote the traditional neighborliness and friendship between China and Vietnam.

Moreover, he emphasized joint patrol’s importance to maintain security and stability in Beibu Gulf and the South China Sea.

While talking in a press conference he said that both nations aim to promote military-to-military relations at the new peak stability.

Joint Patrol in Beibu Gulf

Joint Patrol in Beibu Gulf is a series of naval exercises between the Southern Theater Command Navy of PLA China and the Vietnam People’s Navy.

Both China and Vietnam have already conducted 23 successful Joint Patrols in Beibu Gulf. China and Vietnam conducted their 32nd Joint Patrol in Beibu Gulf on 22 June 2022.

China-Vietnam Ties

Following the normalization of their relations over 30 years ago, China and Vietnam established a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in 2008.

Since then, the two nations have been actively collaborating for the advancement of regional connectivity along with an increase in the synergy in their development strategies as well as maintaining communication at all levels.