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Xi Jinping Speaks with General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith on the Phone

2020-12-22

On December 22, 2020, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Bounnhang Vorachith at the latter's request.

Xi Jinping said he is pleased to have a phone conversation with General Secretary Bounnhang again this year. Under the strong leadership of the LPRP Central Committee and General Secretary Bounnhang, Laos has enjoyed political and social stability, sustained economic development and significant improvement in people's livelihood. In recent years, he and General Secretary Bounnhang have actively pushed forward the building of a China-Laos community with a shared future, and opened up a new era of bilateral relations. They have attached great importance to poverty alleviation, and have made the poverty-alleviation cooperation a highlight of China-Laos relations. The two sides have joined hands in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and floods, and jointly rejected politicizing the pandemic and stigmatizing others on the pretext of the pandemic, which has vividly demonstrated the spirit of a community with a shared future that highlights sharing weal and woe and helping each other. Xi Jinping said General Secretary Bounnhang has devoted huge efforts to the development of the friendship between China and Laos, and he has forged close working relations and profound friendship with General Secretary Bounnhang.

Xi Jinping said that the CPC will celebrate its 100th founding anniversary next year and embark on a new journey to build a modern socialist country in an all-round way, while the LPRP will hold its 11th congress and enter into a new stage of national construction and the development of socialism. China is willing to work with the Lao side to open up a new stage and write a new chapter for the relations between the two parties and the two countries in the new era. The two sides should deepen strategic communication and firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. The two sides should intensify high-level exchanges, deepen the exchanges of theories and experience on governing their respective party and country, and continue to improve the all-round, wide-ranging and multi-level pattern of exchanges between the two parties. The two sides should deepen the synergy of their development strategies and take China's fostering of a new development paradigm and the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as an opportunity to steadily propel the construction of the China-Laos Economic Corridor and China-Laos Railway, expand cooperation in various fields such as culture and education, youth and tourism, and strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs to deliver more solid outcomes in the building of the China-Laos community with a shared future and create greater benefits for the people of both countries. Xi Jinping wishes the 11th congress of the LPRP to be held next year a success.

Bounnhang said that he is very delighted to have a phone conversation with Xi at a time when the two parties and the two countries are at a crucial period. Currently, Laos is enjoying a sound momentum of development in politics, economy and foreign cooperation, and the LPRP and Lao government are making full preparations for the 11th congress of the LPRP and the Lao National Assembly's ninth legislature, which will be held early next year. The Lao side sincerely thanks the party, government and people of China for offering valuable support and help to Laos in a timely manner when the country was hit by COVID-19. The Lao side congratulates China on its major victories in the pandemic response and poverty alleviation under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core. Laos has paid close attention to the proposals for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 adopted by the fifth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee. Laos firmly believes that China will secure a victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and smoothly embark on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way. Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries. Laos is willing to continue to join China to implement the action plan of the Laos-China community with a shared future signed by the top leaders of the two parties, strengthen mutual learning of experiences in governing their respective party, country and government, maintain exchanges at all levels, push forward practical cooperation in various fields under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, jointly safeguard international and regional peace and development, and strive for new and greater development of Laos-China relations.

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