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Xi: Laos' attendance at G20 is of great significance

By Zhang Yunbi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province ( Updated: 2016-09-02 20:44

President Xi Jinping said Laos' participation in the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou with its chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is of great significance.

Xi made the remarks when meeting with visiting Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith on Wednesday in Hangzhou of Eastern China's Zhejiang province.

"We are ready to work with parties including Laos to push for positive outcomes yielded at the summit," Xi said.

Both countries should boost high-level exchanges and deepen strategic communication, and they should jointly promote the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Strengthened cooperation is expected in fields such as infrastructure, energy development and economic cooperation parks, Xi said.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of China-Laos diplomatic relations, and Xi said the two sides are expected to reinforce cooperation regarding fields such as education, culture, tourism and law enforcement.

The Laotian President said he appreciates China's inviting Laos to attend the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, and he speaks highly of China's making development an important topic on the summit agenda as well as China's efforts in steering the summit to achieve positive outcomes.

Currently, the Laos-China comprehensive strategic partnership is developing rapidly, the high-level mutual visits are frequent, cooperation in various fields are moving forward and bringing tangible benefits to people of both countries, he said.

Laos will continue supporting China's playing an important role in international and regional affairs and is ready to embark on close communication and coordination with China, he added.

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