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Xi Jinping Sends Letter Congratulating on 40th Anniversary of Lao People's Democratic Republic
2015/12/02

On December 1, 2015, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese President, sent a signed letter to Choummaly Saygnasone, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos, congratulating on the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Xi Jinping said in the letter that on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, I, on behalf of the CPC and the Chinese government and people as well as in my own name, extend warm congratulations to General Secretary Comrade Choummaly Saygnasone as well as the Lao government and people. Over the 40 years, under the strong leadership of the LPRP, people of all ethnic groups of Laos have made huge achievements in socialist construction and the cause of principled comprehensive renovation through self-reliance and hard work. We are wholeheartedly glad about your achievements and sincerely wish that people of all ethnic groups of Laos led by the LPRP could constantly make greater achievements in building a strong, democratic, just and civilized socialist country where the people is rich and the society is united and harmonious. Under the joint efforts of both sides, China and Laos are witnessing increasingly deepened political mutual trust, rapid development of economic and trade cooperation and unprecedented people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and the relations between the two political parties and the two countries have entered the best period in history. Guided by the policy of long-term stability, good neighborly friendship, mutual trust and comprehensive cooperation as well as the spirit of good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners, We will work with Laos to deeply advance bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership featuring high-level mutual trust, mutual help and reciprocity, forge a solid and unbreakable common destiny community between the two countries and play a bigger role in safeguarding peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large.

Designated by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping, Zhang Dejiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, arrived in Vientiane on December 1 to attend the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic and pay an official friendly visit to the country. On that afternoon, Zhang Dejiang met with General Secretary of the Central Committee of the LPRP and President of Laos Choummaly Saygnasone, conveyed sincere greetings and best wishes from General Secretary Xi Jinping to him and forwarded the signed letter of General Secretary Xi Jinping to him. Choummaly Saygnasone sincerely thanked for the signed letter from General Secretary Xi Jinping and asked Zhang Dejiang to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to General Secretary Xi Jinping.

Zhang Dejiang expressed that over the past 54 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations, the two countries have witnessed increasingly deepened political mutual trust, rapid development of economic and trade cooperation and unprecedented people-to-people and cultural exchanges and pushed their relations to a new high of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, serving as a model of good-neighborly friendship, mutual benefits and win-win results between China and its neighboring countries. Under the close cooperation between both sides, the Lao Sat-1 satellite was successfully launched in Xichang of China not long ago, and the China-Laos railway project will be kicked off on the very day of the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. These are embodiment of the development results of bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. It is hoped that both sides will enhance cooperation to earnestly construct and operate these major projects so as to make them play an important role in promoting economic and social development of Laos and pushing China-Laos friendship and practical cooperation to new levels.

Zhang Dejiang stressed that the exchanges and cooperation between the two political parties constitute an important part of China-Laos relations and play a leading role in the development of bilateral relations. We are willing to work with Laos to continuously and earnestly implement the cooperation plans between the two political parties, enhance high-level exchanges, deepen strategic communication, consolidate political mutual trust, intensify exchanges and cooperation between counterpart departments of the two political parties and party committees of the border provinces of the two countries, and strengthen experience exchange in party governance and state administration, so as to jointly elevate governing capacity and thus constantly lead the development of bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. He wished the 10th National Congress of the LPRP a complete success.

Choummaly Saygnasone said that the delegation of Chinese party and government led by Zhang Dejiang to attend the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic fully demonstrates the valuable support and profound friendship of the Chinese party and government to the Lao party, government and people. Reviewing the development course and construction achievements of Laos in the last 40 years, one can find that they are inseparable from the sincere support and assistance of the brotherly Chinese party and people, and that China is always a trustworthy strategic partner of the Lao party, government and people. Laos-China all-round cooperation has been comprehensively enhanced since bilateral relations being elevated to the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Recently, the whole Laos is permeated with joy because China helped Laos launch its satellite. The groundbreaking ceremony of Laos-China railway to be held tomorrow will be an important event going down in the Lao history. It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, Laos-China friendship will certainly last forever and Laos-China friendly cooperative relations will surely and constantly benefit people in both countries and the rest of the region.

On that evening, Zhang Dejiang attended at invitation the gala banquet for the 40th National Day of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Lao party and government leaders including Choummaly Saygnasone were present.

On the morning of December 2, Zhang Dejiang attended at invitation the National Day celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, and watched together with Lao party and government leaders including Choummaly Saygnasone as well as people of all circles in Laos the mass assembly and military parade in a warm and solemn atmosphere.

Wang Chen, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, attended above events.

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