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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith of Laos

On December 23, 2016, when attending the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Siem Reap of Cambodia, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith of Laos.

Wang Yi expressed that regional situation is complex and changeable this year, and China-ASEAN relations have gone through challenges. China worked with Laos and other ASEAN countries to eliminate interference, overcome difficulties, made efforts to stabilize the South China Sea situation and return to the correct path of resolving disputes through dialogues and negotiations by parties directly concerned, so as to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability. As the rotating presidency of the ASEAN, Laos has played a significant role in this process, raising its international standing and influence. Wang Yi expressed that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of China-Laos diplomatic relations. The two sides have witnessed significant process in the development of bilateral relations. China is willing to continuously maintain high-level exchanges with Laos, formulate and implement outlines on jointly pushing forward the "Belt and Road" construction and cooperation, and well implement China-Laos railway and other key projects at an early date, so as to elevate China-Laos relations to a new level.

Saleumxay Kommasith thanked China for its long-term strong support and assistance to Laos, and expressed special thanks to China for helping Laos smoothly perform the duties of the ASEAN presidency, holding that it fully reflects the comradeship between the two parties and the two countries. Laos is willing to further intensify exchanges at all levels with China, and deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation. Laos-China railway is a landmark project of bilateral cooperation. Prime Minister of Laos will attend the groundbreaking ceremony several days later. It is hoped that the project could be completed at an early date, so as to benefit the two peoples.

Wang Yi pointed out that various results achieved from the 1st LMC Leaders' Meeting have been rapidly implemented since this year. The Foreign Ministers' Meeting this time will review and comb through the cooperation progress and plan the development of the mechanism in the next stage in a bid to push the LMC to a new period of comprehensive implementation. China is willing to work with all countries including Laos to forge the LMC into a new type of sub-regional cooperation mechanism with regional features and conforming to regional demands.

Saleumxay Kommasith said that the LMC is a tangible cooperation mechanism rather than a talk shop. Although it was established not long ago, it has witnessed rapid development and remarkable achievements. Laos thanks China for its contributions to sub-regional development under the LMC framework, and is willing to closely cooperate with the Chinese side to jointly advance the LMC progress, so as to bring more tangible benefits to the people of sub-regional countries.

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