Party Secretary General and State President Bounnhang Vorachit arrived in Beijing on May 3 to kick off his three-day goodwill visit to China in response to an invitation by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
An official welcome ceremony for Secretary General Bounnhang was hosted on May 3 at the National People's Congress of China in Beijing by China’s Party Secretary General and State President Xi Jinping in the presence of senior officials of Laos and China.
Following the official welcoming ceremony, the leaders of the two countries led their delegations of senior officials in a bilateral meeting held at the National People’s Congress of China.
At the meeting, both sides informed each other about noticeable events of the parties in their respective countries and expressed their agreement to enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership between the Lao PDR and PR of China as well as sharing points of view on current regional and international issues of common interest.
Both sides expressed congratulations on the great achievements of the Parties, governments and people of Laos and China in the cause of socialist development in their respective countries, the renovation cause of Laos and the reform and open-door policy of China.
Both sides confirmed that they would continue to uphold the direction of enduring stability, friendship, mutual trust, and comprehensive cooperation in the spirit of good neigbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners while deepening comprehensive cooperation in various areas including actively promoting the comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership on a win-win basis involving mutual assistance and thus contributing to the protection of peace, stability, prosperity and development in the region and the world.
Both sides agreed to increase the exchange of visits by central and local authorities and mass organisations of the two parties. They also expressed pleasure with the effective cooperation in the regional and international arenas, and reaffirmed their commitment to enhance collaboration and coordination in multilateral frameworks such as in the United Nations, World Trade Organisation, Asia-Europe Meeting, East Asia Summit, China-ASEAN, ASEAN-Japan, Mekong-Lancang mechanism, and GMS framework, among others to contribute to peace protection, stability and development in the region and the world.
Both sides signed an agreement on cooperation between the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the Communist Party of China for 2016-2020, a Memorandum of Understanding on the One Belt One Road cooperation blueprint, an MoU on the promotion of cooperation in manufacturing and investment, and other cooperation documents.
The signing took place in the presence of Party Secretary General Bounnhang Vorachit, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, and senior officials of both sides.
Chinese Party Secretary General and State President Xi Jinping also expressed gratitude for the invitation by Secretary General Bounnhang Vorachit for a state visit to Laos, saying that he will do so at a time deemed appropriate by both countries.