Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Laotian counterpart Choummaly Saygnasone agreed Wednesday to transform bilateral ties into a comprehensive strategic partnership, pledging to boost relations between the two countries and their ruling parties.
Hu, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, hailed Sino-Laotian relations so far, which include frequent exchange of high-level visits and cooperation in various sectors.
The establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership in the new situation of the 21st century will further bolster bilateral ties and cooperation, and will be conducive to the two countries' reform and opening-up efforts, Hu said.
Hu raised proposals to develop Sino-Laotian ties in a spirit of lasting stability, good-neighbourliness and friendship, mutual trust and cooperation. The two sides could further learn from each other on party building and state governance, and step up cooperation on training of cadres, he said.
China and Laos could also expand trade and economic cooperation with the principles of equality, mutual benefit, result-orientedness, richness of forms and common development, he noted.
He also said that the two states should strengthen cooperation under regional cooperation frameworks such as the ASEAN-China and the Mekong sub-region cooperation frameworks.
Choummaly, General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and president of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, agreed. He said that the long-term stable cooperation between the two countries proved that the traditional Laos-China friendship is based on a firm social foundation.
"China is a reliable strategic friend of the Laotians and to develop the comprehensive strategic cooperation with China is always a very important priority in our foreign policy," he said.
He pledged to further contact with China on major issues, to speed up economic and trade cooperation and promote cultural and people-to-people exchange.
In addition, Choummaly vowed to stick to the one-China policy and condemned the recent violence by separatists in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Choummaly also met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his working visit, which will end on September 13.
China, Laos establish strategic partnership, 9 September 2009,
Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with Laos General Secretary, 9 September 2009,
Chinese Premier meets Laotian President, 9 September 2009,