Chinese president arrives in Laos for state visit
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.
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.