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Vietnam, Australia boost defense ties…Viets prep-strategy for Sino offense

HANOI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) — Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith co-hosted a press briefing here on Wednesday, saying the two countries will boost their defense ties.

At the press briefing, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh spoke highly of his Australian counterpart’s visit to Vietnam, which contributes to further strengthen the comprehensive cooperative relations between Vietnam and Australia.

Stephen Smith, for his part, thanked Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh for his warm welcome, adding that this is the third visit of Australian defense leader to Vietnam since the two countries established defense relations.

The two ministers summarized the outcomes of Vietnam-Australia defense cooperation in recent years and exchanged measures to further boost ties in line with the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed in 2010.

The two sides expressed pleasure about witnessing the development of defense cooperation, especially in training activities and vowed to continue expanding cooperation on exchanging delegation and supporting Vietnam in demining activities.

Vietnam and Australia established diplomatic relations in 1973.

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Written by Kham

29/08/2012 at 6:27 pm

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