The comprehensive strategic partnership between the People's Republic of China and the Lao People's Democratic Republic continued to make progress in 2010.
The two countries maintained frequent exchange of high-level visits. In June, Vice President Xi Jinping paid an official visit to the Laos and the two sides reached important agreement on further advancing China-Lao comprehensive strategic partnership. In March, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu visited the Laos. In October, Liu Yunshan, Member of the Political Bureau and Secretariat and Head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, visited the Laos and attended the first symposium on party-building theories. In January, NPC Vice Chairman Han Qide paid a visit to the Laos. In March, NPC Vice Chairwoman Yan Junqi visited the Laos. In April, Choummaly Sayasone, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, and Lao President attended the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2010. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo. In July, Lieutenant General Douangchay Phichit, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, headed a delegation to China. In October, President of the National Assembly Thongsing Thammavong and Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh attended the activities of the China National Pavilion Day and the Laos National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo respectively. Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly attended the Seventh China-ASEAN Expo. Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith attended the eleventh Western China International Fair. In November, Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad came to China for the High Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region and the closing ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games. In December, Vice President of the National Assembly Pany Yathotou attended the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Para Games.
Economic cooperation and trade between China and the Laos developed smoothly. The committee on trade, economic and technological cooperation continued to strengthen planning and guidance for bilateral economic cooperation and trade. In recent years, bilateral trade maintained fast growth and became more balanced. China remained among the top investors of the Laos. The Chinese government continued to provide economic and technological assistance to the Laos.
China-Laos friendship and cooperation in other areas made new progress. The Communist Party of China and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party worked more closely with each other in such areas as officials training and exchanges of theories. The First Joint Inspection of the China-Lao Boundary was carried out smoothly. The two sides continued to strengthen cooperation on combating cross-border drug and human trafficking. The two countries held the sixth round of consultation on consular affairs. Departments of culture, health, science and technology, transportation and sports of the two countries had frequent exchange of visits and continuously deepened practical cooperation. Friendly exchanges between local governments were also enhanced.