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Xi Jinping Arrives in Vientiane, Starting His State Visit to the LPDR

2017/11/13

On November 13, 2017 local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping arrived in Vientiane, staring his state visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR).

At around 3:05 p.m. local time, Xi Jinping arrived at the Vientiane Wattay International Airport by special plane. When stepping out the cabin door, Xi Jinping was warmly greeted by Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), Permanent Member of the Secretariat of the LPRP Central Committee and Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, Member of the Political Bureau of the LPRP Central Committee, and Secretary of the Party Committee and Mayor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khoutphaythoun, Member of the Political Bureau of the LPRP Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandon as well as others. The Lao youths presented flowers to Xi Jinping. The guard of honor lined up on both sides of the red carpet.

Xi Jinping delivered a written speech at the airport, and extended sincere greetings and best wishes to the brotherly LPRP, the Lao government and Lao people on behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and Chinese people. Xi Jinping stressed that both as socialist countries led by the Communist Party, China and Laos are truly good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations 56 years ago, the traditional good-neighborly and friendly relations between both sides have stood the test of international vicissitudes and have become even stronger. The in-depth development of bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership has not only brought tangible benefits to the two countries and peoples, but also actively contributed to the peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world. During the visit, I will conduct wide contacts with General Secretary Bounnhang Vorachit, President of Laos and other leading comrades from the LPRP as well as personages from all walks of Laos, exchanging in-depth views on relations between the two parties and the two countries as well as on issues of common concern. It is believed that under joint efforts of both sides, this visit will certainly elevate China-Laos comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to new highs and bring greater well-beings to the two peoples.

Ding Xuexiang, Liu He and Yang Jiechi and other delegation members arrived by the same plane.

H.E. Wang Wentian, Chinese Ambassador to Laos also greeted Xi Jinping at the airport.

The motorcade left the airport to the hotel, and the huge portraits of both leaders were hung outside the airport. National flags of both countries fluttered in the wind along both sides of the streets. Banners bearing welcome slogans were seen hanging on the streets. Local enthusiastic youths clustered along the streets, waving national flags of the two countries to General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, and extending Lao people's profound feelings to China-Laos friendship as well as their sincere happiness to General Secretary and President Xi Jinping's visit.

Xi Jinping arrived in Vientiane after concluding the state visit to Vietnam. When leaving Hanoi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Permanent Member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee and Head of the Inspection Committee of the CPV Central Commission Trần Quốc Vượng as well as others saw him off at the airport. Local people waved national flags of China and Vietnam, bidding farewell to Xi Jinping and the delegation.

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