Chi­nese pres­i­dent ar­rives in Laos for state visit

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, ar­rived in Laos Mon­day for a state visit as the two so­cial­ist coun­tries are seek­ing to con­sol­i­date their tra­di­tional friend­ship.

It marks the first visit in 11 years by a Chi­nese head of state and top CPC leader to this neigh­bor­ing coun­try in South­east Asia. Xi is sched­uled to meet with Bounnhang Vo­ra­chit, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Lao Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Party (LPRP) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and pres­i­dent of Laos, Lao Prime Min­is­ter Thon­gloun Sisoulith, and Pres­i­dent of the Lao Na­tional Assem­bly Pany Yathotu.

In a writ­ten speech de­liv­ered upon ar­rival at the air­port, Xi ex­tended sin­cere re­gards and best wishes to the broth­erly LPRP, the Lao gov­ern­ment and the Lao peo­ple on be­half of the CPC, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and the Chi­nese peo­ple. Both as Com­mu­nist-led so­cial­ist coun­tries, China and Laos are truly “good neigh­bors, friends, com­rades and part­ners,” Xi said. Xi was greeted by se­nior party and state lead­ers of Laos at the air­port.

Thou­sands of lo­cal res­i­dents, in­clud­ing young stu­dents, lined up along the streets, wav­ing na­tional flags of the two coun­tries and cheer­ing as Xi’s mo­tor­cade passed by.

Photo: Xinhua

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (C, front), also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, ar­rives in Vi­en­tiane on Nov. 13, 2017 for a state visit to Laos.

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