Source: Vientiane Times
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to Laos from November 13-14, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a new release.
The two-day visit is in response to an invitation from Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit, who is also Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee.
Laos will be the second country that President Xi will tour after Vietnam following his re-election as Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
China’s Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday that Xi’s trip to Vietnam and Laos from November 10 to 14 would be his first overseas trip following the 19th National Congress of the CPC.
During his visit to Laos, the first state visit by a top Chinese leader since 2006, Xi will meet with President Bounnhang Vorachit, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and President of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou.
The leaders will attend a foundation-laying ceremony of Laos’ livelihood project built with Chinese assistance, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told a press briefing in Beijing on Friday, according to Xinhua.
“The visits will generate new opportunities and inject positive impetus into bilateral relations as well as the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Southeast Asian countries,” Mr Chen was quoted as saying.
The Chinese leader’s trip to Vietnam and Laos will help enhance Asia-Pacific cooperation and ties with neighbouring countries, Xinhua reported.
In Vietnam, Mr Xi will attend the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang.
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baodong told the press briefing that President Xi’s attendance at the APEC meeting shows China’s high regard for Asia-Pacific cooperation, according to Xinhua.
Mr Xi will speak at the APEC CEO summit, attend a meeting between APEC economic leaders and Asean leaders, and meet leaders of other APEC economies.
Economic leaders will exchange views on topics including regional economic integration, inclusive development, innovative growth, connectivity, agriculture, and food security.
China hopes the Da Nang APEC meeting will follow the general trend of opening up and development in the Asia-Pacific region, discover new driving forces in the region, strengthen connectivity, and map out a new vision of future cooperation.
On the economic and trade front, Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen said a framework for APEC cross-border e-commerce is expected to be approved and a supervision framework for supply chains connectivity action plan be drawn, Xinhua reported.
This year’s meetings are expected to further implement the outcomes of 2014 APEC summit in Beijing, continue development of the Free Trade Agreement in the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), and support a multilateral trading system.
On the state visits to Vietnam and Laos from November 12 to 14, Mr Chen said the trip marks the opening of a new chapter of neighbourhood diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
During his stay in Vietnam, Xi will meet with Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Chair of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
The leaders will discuss governance, development strategies, economic cooperation and cultural exchange, Mr Chen was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
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