General Guo Boxiong visits Vietnam; Defense ministries of China and the United States held seventh working level meeting; The PLA rushes to fire fight
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  • General Guo Boxiong, Vice-Chairman of China's Central Military Commission paid an official visit to Vietnam last week. During his visit, he met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Wednesday. On this occasion, the Vietnamese Prime Minister said that Vietnam wanted to join hands with China to strengthen coordination and consultation, broaden practical cooperation and overall strategic partnership.1

    Reports noted that the defense ministries of China and the United States held their seventh working level meeting on Monday. Qian Lihua, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office with the National Defense Ministry and his U.S. counterpart Michael Schiffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia co-chaired the meeting. The media reported that the working level meeting mechanism between the two countries' defense ministries was established in 2005. Now, it has become a key platform for the two countries to exchange opinions on issues concerning military relations.2

    In other developments, reports noted that fire broke out in a forest farm and two nearby villages located at the boundary between Funing and Qinglong counties, Qinhuangdao city in North China’s Hebei Province, on April 12. More than 6,000 officers and men of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (APF) were rushed to aid and assist civil administration in fire fighting. The media reported that their efforts brought fire under effective control soon.3