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Zhang Gaoli Meets with Leaders of ASEAN Countries Attending 12th China-ASEAN Expo

On September 17, 2015, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met respectively in Nanning of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region with Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn of Thailand, Vice President Sai Mauk Kham of Myanmar and Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad of Laos, who were in China to attend the 12th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

When meeting with Tanasak Patimapragorn, Zhang Gaoli welcomed him to attend the China-ASEAN Expo on behalf of Thailand, the Country of Honor. Zhang Gaoli expressed that during his visit to the Southeast Asian countries, President Xi Jinping proposed the major cooperation initiative of building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Under the theme of "Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Creating A New Blueprint for Maritime Cooperation", the China-ASEAN Expo reflected the common aspiration of China and the ASEAN countries. China will, together with Thailand, concentrate on cooperation in such fields as railway, agricultural product trade, law enforcement security and defense, push China-Thailand relations for greater development and elevate China-ASEAN relations to a new high by taking the opportunity of celebrating the 40th anniversary of establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Tanasak Patimapragorn said that Thailand and China are as close as one family and bilateral relations have enjoyed a smooth development over the last 40 years. Thailand will work with China to further deepen bilateral practical cooperation in all fields and push ASEAN-China relations for constant development.

When meeting with Sai Mauk Kham, Zhang Gaoli expressed that China and Myanmar enjoy a long-lasting "Paukphaw" friendship and are common destiny community that shares common interests and sticks together through thick and thin. Earlier this month, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang had successful meetings with President U Thein Sein respectively, reaching new and important consensus on deepening bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation. It is hoped that the two countries will further enhance strategic mutual trust, keep close high-level exchanges, deepen experience exchange in governance and administration of state affairs, speed up major-project cooperation, actively expand industrial cooperation, boost cooperation in disaster relief and people's livelihood and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation thus ensure a sustained and stable development of bilateral relations.

Sai Mauk Kham said that Myanmar highly values developing relations with China and will actively participate in the construction of the "Belt and Road" and constantly advance bilateral practical cooperation in trade, finance, infrastructure construction, connectivity, agriculture and other areas.

When meeting with Somsavat Lengsavad, Zhang Gaoli expressed that China and Laos always treat each other sincerely and trust and help each other. General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President Choummaly Saygnasone of Laos paid a successful visit to China not long ago, during which leaders of the two Parties and countries reached new and important consensus on deepening bilateral relations in the new era. China will, together with Laos, keep strategic communication, actively push effective docking between China's "Belt and Road" initiatives and Laos' development strategy of transiting from a land-locked country to a land-linked country, strengthen cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, energy and local affairs and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges thus constantly advance bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation.

Somsavat Lengsavad said that the Lao side is grateful for China's long-term support and help to its economic and social development, and will boost mutually beneficial cooperation with China in such fields as construction of infrastructure and economic cooperation zones, local affairs and investment.

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