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Li Keqiang Meets with General Secretary of the LPRP Central Committee and President Bounnhang Vorachith of Laos
2016/05/04

On the afternoon of May 4, 2016, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President Bounnhang Vorachith of Laos, who was paying an official and goodwill visit to China.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and Laos are friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, and since the establishment of China-Laos diplomatic relations 55 years ago, bilateral relations have achieved significant development. General Secretary Xi Jinping held fruitful talks with you yesterday. China stands ready to enhance political mutual trust with Laos, let China-Laos railway and other major projects take the lead, promote the smooth implementation of practical cooperation projects, strengthen communication and mutual learning in development and other fields, and intensify communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, so as to advance the continuous development of China-Laos relations and cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that this year marks the first year of the establishment of ASEAN Community, the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations and the opening year of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, presenting rare development opportunities to regional cooperation. China appreciates Laos' positive contributions to boosting regional cooperation and development on a long-term basis, and supports Laos' various work during its rotating presidency of the ASEAN. I look forward to attending the Series of Leaders' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation in Vientiane and the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations this year. China is willing to work with Laos and all ASEAN member states to jointly safeguard and promote the sound atmosphere for China-ASEAN relations and cooperation in East Asia, and send out the signal of peace and stability to the whole world, so as to better benefit the people of both countries and other countries in the region.

Bounnhang Vorachith expressed that the new central leadership of the LPRP Central Committee and the Lao government pays high attention to the development of Laos-China relations and appreciates China's precious supports to Laos. The booming bilateral cooperation in economy, technology, trade, investment and other fields has made important contributions to Laos' economic and social development. Laos stands ready to join hands with China to expand communication in all fields, well implement cooperation in major projects including Laos-China railway, and actively participate in Lancang-Mekong Cooperation. Laos welcomes Premier Li Keqiang to visit Laos and attend Series of Leaders' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation this year, and will spare no efforts in ensuring the success of the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-China dialogue relations and promoting regional cooperation to make new progress.

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