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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with Choummaly Saygnasone, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos

2014/07/28

On July 28, 2014, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chinese President, held talks with Choummaly Saygnasone, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos, at the Great Hall of the People. They exchanged in-depth views on the relationship between the two parties and the two countries, state governance concepts, and international and regional topics of common concern, and reached important consensus, stressing that no matter how the international situation changes, the two sides should persist in pushing forward the continuous development of the relationship between the two parties and the two countries, and act as good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the two peoples always communicate with heart, treat each other with sincerity, help each other in times of adversity, and enjoy friendship of generations, which has enriched and developed the China-Laos comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation featuring a high degree of mutual trust, mutual assistance and mutual benefits. Currently, both China and Laos face the arduous tasks of reform, development and stability. International and regional situations have undergone a lot new changes. Both countries should firmly support each other to safeguard their core interests, to take their own development paths in line with respective national conditions, and to handle their own affairs well. China believes the LPRP Central Committee will be able to unite and lead the whole party and the whole nation to persevere in the principled route of all-round reformation, and achieve all aims and tasks proposed at the ninth Congress of the LPRP.

Xi Jinping stressed that the Chinese side would like to maintain high-level exchanges with Laos, strengthen timely strategic communication on major issues, enhance exchanges and cooperation between the two parties, and learn from and draw on the experience of each other to improve their respective governing capacity and level. The two countries should integrate their development strategies, boost cooperation on agriculture modernization, energy, hydropower, infrastructure construction and other fields, and continuously improve the level of practical cooperation. Both sides should deepen cooperation on law enforcement security, strengthen joint patrol and law enforcement along the Mekong River and the management of the border, and jointly fight against terrorism and transnational crimes. Both countries should actively conduct exchanges and cooperation in the areas of culture, education, youth, local contacts and others, and promote common development and prosperity in the border areas. China is willing to maintain close communication and coordination with Laos in international and regional affairs, to jointly push the sound development of China-ASEAN relationship and to promote regional peace, stability and development.

Choummaly Saygnasone said both the LPRP and the CPC adhere to the path of socialism and share common ideals. Laos and China share weal and woe, stay in the same boat for a long time, and enjoy extensive common interests and profound friendship. They appreciate the CPC and the Chinese government's support and assistance to Laos, and are willing to learn from China the experience in party construction and national development, so as to promote the continuous development of Laos-China friendship.

Choummaly Saygnasone introduced the current situation of Lao domestic politics, economy and society development as well as the tasks Laos faces. He said that the LPRP is leading the whole party and the people to implement the spirit of the ninth Congress of the LPRP, to consolidate the party unity, maintain domestic stability, and to promote sustained economic growth, and has made considerable progress on the socialist cause. In recent years, with the continuous deepening of Laos-China comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, the two parties have achieved more prominent results in the exchange of theory, practice and cadre training, and cooperation in various fields has been expanded. The bilateral cooperation has vigorously pushed forward Laos' development and has made tremendous contributions to Laos' construction. The LPRP is willing to maintain high-level exchanges between the two parties, and to strengthen cooperation on exchanges of the experience of governance and administration of state affairs, party construction and cadre training. He hoped that China will continue to assist Laos in projects such as railway, agriculture and network, so as to jointly make continuous progress in the socialist cause of both countries.

Xi Jinping and Choummaly Saygnasone jointly witnessed the signing of agreements on economic and technological cooperation between the two governments.

Zhao Leji, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi, Wang Jiarui and others were present at the above activities.

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