China, Vietnam join in fishing patrol
China and Vietnam began a three-day joint patrol on Wednesday in a common fishing zone in the Beibu Gulf. It was the second joint patrol by coast guards from the two countries this year. The first was held in April. Each country sent two patrol ships to complete a series of scheduled tasks, including research, maritime search and rescue, and an examination of fishing boats. An officer from the Chinese Coast Guard’s South China Sea division said the joint patrols help create a stable environment for fishing, build mutual trust between maritime law enforcement departments and deepen friendship between the people of the two countries.