Agreement on the Laos, Vietnam, China border

Agreement on the Laos, Vietnam, China border

Agreement on the Laos, Vietnam, China border

Posted 11 October 2006, 0:00 AEST

The vice foreign ministers of China, Vietnam and Laos have met in Beijing to sign an agreement defining the intersection point of the three countries' border.

China's foreign ministry says the treaty is a sign of harmony among the three neighbours.

It says it is very important for the stability and development of the boundary areas.

The border area covered by the treaty is at the Shiceng Dashan Mountain.

All three nations share the same political ideology, but Vietnam and China are historical foes.

China invaded Vietnam in February 1979 following Hanoi's intervention in Cambodia to oust Beijing's Khmer Rouge allies.

They were in dispute again in 1988 over the disputed Spratly Islands, a potentially oil-rich archipelago in the South China Sea.

Relations were normalised in 1991, when both sides agreed to engage in the marathon border demarcation process.

Vietnam is often used as a transit point for drugs originating from the notorious Golden Triangle linking Laos, Thailand and Burma.

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