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Xi Jinping Speaks with General Secretary of Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee Thongloun Sisoulith on the Phone

On January 21, 2021, 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 Thongloun Sisoulith at the latter's request.

Xi Jinping, on behalf of the CPC as well as the Chinese government and people, congratulated Thongloun on election as general secretary of the LPRP Central Committee. Xi Jinping said the successful convention of the 11th LPRP Congress, which put forward a series of new approaches to and new measures on the Party and state governance, is of great significance to continuously pushing forward the development of Laos' socialist cause. He is confident that under the leadership of the new LPRP Central Committee headed by Thongloun, all LPRP members and all the Lao people will unite as one and strive to realize the goals set at the 11th Congress.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Laos are friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers. Upholding the leadership of the communist party and adhering to the socialist orientation are the essential features of China-Laos relations. At present, the China-Laos relationship is at its historical best. In the face of the combined impact of profound changes unseen in a century in the world and the global COVID-19 pandemic, China is willing to work with Laos to further strengthen high-level exchanges, enhance strategic communication and deepen experience sharing in governing the Party and country. The two sides should steadily advance the construction of such large projects as the China-Laos Economic Corridor and the China-Laos Railway, and push for more achievements in bilateral Belt and Road cooperation. At the meantime, both sides should deepen exchanges and cooperation in culture, youth, tourism and other fields, and continuously enrich the cultural content of the China-Laos community with a shared future. China will continue to support Laos' efforts to fight the pandemic, and stands ready to actively consider aiding Laos with a batch of COVID-19 vaccines. China is willing to work with Laos to strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and promote common development and prosperity. Xi Jinping also wishes Thongloun new greater achievements in the new important post.

Thongloun expressed his deep gratitude to General Secretary Xi Jinping for having a telephone conversation with him shortly after the closing of the 11th LPRP Congress, saying that it fully demonstrates the great importance General Secretary Xi Jinping attaches to Laos-China relations and the profound bond and traditional friendship between the two parties, two countries and two nations. The 11th LPRP Congress achieved a series of important results. The LPRP will adhere to the line of principled comprehensive reform, lead the Lao people to a succession of new victories, and lay a solid foundation for promoting socialist construction in Laos. Laos sincerely appreciates the valuable support and assistance China has provided in various stages of Laos' development, including in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Laos will continue to push forward the implementation of the action plan on the Laos-China community with a shared future, strengthen bilateral cooperation in such areas as building the Belt and Road, and promote friendly exchanges at all levels. Laos firmly believes that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core, the Chinese people will surely make new achievements in fully building a modern socialist country and realize the set goals as scheduled.

During the conversation, Xi Jinping and Thongloun jointly announced the official launch of the China-Laos Friendship Year program, which will feature a series of celebrations to further cement public support for the China-Laos friendship.

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