China eyes closer ties, lasting friendship with Laos

Vientiane—China and Laos, two neighbors that share the same political system, witnessed a great advancement of bilateral ties on Thursday as the two countries signed 20 documents to boost cooperation.
After attending the East Asia Summit in the Laotian capital of Vientiane, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang kicked off his official visit to the landlocked Asian country, expressing readiness to push ahead with major projects in Laos, including the China-Laos railway, economic zones and hydroelectric projects.
Marking the 55th anniversary of bilateral relations, Li and his Laotian counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith signed cooperation documents covering fields ranging from trade and investment to technology and education. The two countries also published a joint communique.
During his talks with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit, Li called for closer cooperation in such areas as education and tourism, saying that China and Laos are facing new opportunities for future cooperation.
China, with traditional friendship with Laos, would like to promote their high-level contacts, share their experiences in the governance of their respective countries and deepen pragmatic cooperation, he said.
The premier recalled that the two sides have always respected, treated equally and supported each other since they established diplomatic ties 55 years ago.
During his meeting with Thongloun, Li called for promoting comprehensive strategic partnership with Laos by maintaining close high-level contact, strengthening dialogue and coordination and promoting practical cooperation in various fields.—Xinhua

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