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China, Laos vow to reinforce friendly ties

September 3, 2009

September 03, 2009

He Guoqiang (R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of
the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, meets with Sisavath
Keobounphanh, chairman of the Central Committee of the Lao Front for
National Reconstruction, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 2, 2009.
(Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

China and Laos reaffirmed their determination to further advance their
traditional friendly relations as senior leaders of the ruling parties of
the two countries met in Beijing Wednesday.

He Guoqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), met Sisavath
Keobounphanh, chairman of the Central Committee of the Lao Front for
National Reconstruction.

Sisavath Keobounphanh, 81, has visited China many times over the past half
century. He is now a senior leader of the Laos ruling party, the Lao
People's Revolutionary Party.

Over the years, different generations of leaders of China and Laos have
devoted much care and effort to cultivating and growing a strong friendship
since they established diplomatic relations in1961.

He, also secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection,
expressed appreciation for the effort that Sisavath Keobounphanh has made in
advancing friendship between the two countries.

Noting that bilateral relations are marching toward a new era of fast
growth, He said China is ready to further elevate the level of bilateral
links by deepening strategic mutual trust and cooperation. He said China and
Laos will always be good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good
partners.

China and Laos share a border of more than 500 kilometers. Both countries
pursue a socialist route for development.

In recent years, bilateral trade has been growing rapidly as China's
investment helped boost social and economic development in Laos. Laos
President Choummaly Saygnasone will visit China starting from this Sunday.

He briefed Sisavath Keobounphanh about the economic situation in China. He
said China's economy now shows a strong momentum of stabilizing and
recovery. China's success in maintaining a stable and fast economic growth
will be an important contribution to the recovery of the world economy.

China's economy, however, is still faced with a lot of destabilizing factors
and uncertainties, He said.

"The complicated and grim situation requires tremendous effort to reinforce
and enhance the current momentum of recovery," He said.

He also briefed the Laotian guests about the forthcoming Fourth Plenary
Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee and preparations for celebrating
the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China.

Keobounphanh underscored the good-neighbor relations between Laos and China,
vowing his country and party would like to step up all-tier ties with
Chinese counterpart.

Jia Qinglin (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Standing Committee of
the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee,
meets with Sisavath Keobounphanh, chairman of the Central Committee of the
Lao Front for National Reconstruction, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept.
2, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Later Wednesday, China's top political consultant Jia Qinglin also met
Keobounphanh.

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, appreciated the long-standing
support the Laotians offered China on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and
counter-terrorism.

Jia characterized the CPPCC National Committee and Lao Front for National
Reconstruction as "an irreplaceable part in their own country's politics".

Jia called for both parties to step up all-round exchange and cooperation.

Source: Xinhua
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