Laos and China pledge to boost cooperation, deepen friendly ties

Published on August 5, 2013

Laos and China vowed to boost all-round cooperation and deepen bilateral ties based on the friendly relations initiated and fostered by older generation of leaders of the two countries. According to the talks, the LPRP and Lao government hope to, work along with China’s new leadership deepen the two countries’ highly reliable and friendly relationship.

STORY: During his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Saturday the 3rd of August in Vientiane Capital, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party or LPRP and president of the Lao PDR Choummaly Saygnasone, hailed China’s remarkable achievements in development and continuously growing influence in the world.

The president said, the success of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which pointed out the direction for China’s next phase of development, has greatly enhanced Laos’ confidence in sticking to a socialist road with the country’s own characteristics. President Choummaly said adding that, the LPRP and Lao government hope to, work along with China’s new leadership deepen the two countries’ highly reliable and friendly relationship.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that, the Laos-China ties are of unique strategic significance. He said. In face of the complex and volatile international situation, China’s new leadership is willing to strengthen strategic communication and deepen strategic cooperation with Laos, safeguard the two countries’ mutual benefits, and push forward the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong also met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Vientiane on Saturday on bilateral ties and cooperation.

Laos and China are close, friendly neighbors, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong said while expressing his appreciation for China’s longtime help and support to Laos’ economic and social development. The Premiere said, At present, China is deepening its reform and opening-up, while Laos is promoting its renovation and opening-up, Laos is willing to enhance exchange of experiences in governing state and expand pragmatic cooperation in all fields with China.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged the new Chinese administration will carry forward the two countries’ traditional friendship and unceasingly deepen the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. He said, Regardless of changes in international situation, China will always be Laos’ firm cooperative partner and is willing to boost mutually beneficial cooperation, including cooperation in major projects, so as to benefit the Lao people as soon as possible.

On the same day, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Laos, Dr Thongloun Sisoulith also held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

During the talks, the two agreed to maintain high-level exchanges between the two countries and parties, boost cooperation in various fields including mega projects like railways and roads, law enforcement and security as well as culture. The Chinese government agreed to provide loans amounting to more than 725 billion kip or about 573 million yuan for the expansion of the Dongmarkkhai water supply project. Beijing will also provide financial assistance amounting to more than 1.5 billion kip or 200,000 US dollars to fight dengue fever, which is a serious public health issue in Laos at present.

They also agreed to improve coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs such as the East Asia cooperation, promote the development of China-ASEAN relationship and embody the China-Laos strategic relationship in all fields of bilateral cooperation.

Conveying warm greetings from the Chinese leaders to their Lao counterparts, Minister Wang also presented an invitation from the Chinese leader to president Choummaly to visit China.

He also invited Prime Minister Dr Thongsing to attend the China-Asean Expo in Nanning, scheduled to take place in early October.

Minister Wang and his delegation arrived in Vientiane on Friday for a two-day official visit to Laos in response to an invitation from Dr Thongloun, who is also deputy Prime Minister.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English