|General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President Bounnhang Vorachit Meets with Wang Yi|
On December 16, 2018 local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President Bounnhang Vorachit met in Vientiane with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Wang Yi conveyed General Secretary and President Xi Jinping's warm greetings to Bounnhang Vorachit. Wang Yi expressed that General Secretary Xi Jinping and General Secretary Bounnhang Vorachit have maintained close mutual visits and strategic communication, playing an important leading role for the development of relations between the two parties and the two countries. The leaders of the two countries have reached important consensus on co-building the China-Laos community with a shared future of strategic significance, charting the course for the development of relations between the two countries. Next year will usher in the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Laos comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Lao side, implement the results of mutual visits between the leaders of the two parties and the two countries, and comprehensively promote cooperation in various fields between the two countries so as to jointly open up the future of common development and common prosperity between the two countries.
Wang Yi pointed out that we are willing to work with the Lao side to further enhance high-level exchanges between the two parties and the two countries, jointly step up the formulation of the action plan for China-Laos community with a shared future and make a long-term plan for the development and cooperation of relations between the two parties and the two countries. The China-Laos Economic Corridor is a landmark project for the two countries to jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative. It is hoped that both sides will reach an agreement on a cooperation plan as soon as possible and sign it at an early date. The two sides should jointly well host the China-Laos tourism year in 2019 so as to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples. We also stand ready to continuously well implement relevant aid projects to practically benefit the Lao people.
Bounnhang Vorachit asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to General Secretary and President Xi Jinping. Bounnhang Vorachit expressed that relations between the two parties and the two countries are now in the best period. This year, I successfully met with General Secretary and President Xi Jinping twice and reached important consensus on building a community with a shared future between Laos and China. This is a kind of relationship that we stand together through thick and thin. Exchanges between the two sides have been frequent and close at various levels and in various fields. I myself am willing to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in China next year at invitation. The Lao side thanks the Chinese side for its long-term selfless assistance and generous support. Attaching great importance to the building of the Laos-China railway, which has been advanced smoothly at present, the Lao side welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest and develop business in Laos to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.