Beijing, October 30th (Xinhua)—General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People today with Sounthone Xayachack, Special Envoy of General Secretary Bounnhang Vorachith of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), and Head of the LPRP’s Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations.
Sounthone conveyed General Secretary Bounnhang’s congratulatory letter to General Secretary Xi Jinping and conveyed his verbal message. Bounnhang said in his verbal message that on behalf of the LPRP, he would like to extend his warmest congratulations on the brilliant achievements made at the 19th CPC National Congress and on General Secretary Xi Jinping’s re-election as the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee. President Xi Jinping has led the CPC, the Chinese government and the Chinese people to make historical achievements in the development of various undertakings with his rich political experience and superb leadership art, which has gained the whole Party’s high extent of trust and support. He firmly believed that under the guidance of the correct path of the 19th CPC National Congress, the new leading group of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core will lead the Chinese people to continuously move forward to seize new, comprehensive and great victories in the course of realizing socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics and achieve the grand blueprint and historical mission of the CPC. The Lao side spoke highly of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s high attention to and personal guidance on China-Laos relations and he would like to work jointly with Xi Jinping to continuously advance China-Laos relations to a new height.
Xi Jinping thanked Bounnhang for his verbal message and expressed that the LPRP Central Committee and General Secretary Bounnhang have respectively sent congratulatory letters on the convening of the 19th CPC National Congress and on my re-election as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee. Moreover, Sounthone paid a special trip to China for the purpose of delivering congratulations after the conclusion of the Congress, which has reflected the friendly relations between our two parties and also embodied the great emphasis of the LPRP Central Committee led by General Secretary Bounnhang on the development of relations between the two parties and two countries.
Xi Jinping pointed out that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. This important judgment is of great significance not only in the history of China’s national and ethical development, but also in the history of world’s socialism and even of human society. For a long time, socialist countries, including China and Laos, have been making unremitting efforts to explore a development path that conforms to their own national conditions and to the principle of independence, which has achieved fruitful results. The CPC and the LPRP should view and grasp the special strategic significance of China-Laos relations from a higher perspective and at a deeper level, and make new efforts and new contributions in line with the requirements of the times for our own national construction and the socialism development in the world. The new leading group of the CPC Central Committee will continue to work hand in hand with leading group of the LPRP Central Committee headed by General Secretary Bounnhang to strengthen the political guidance on bilateral relations, adhere to the principle of “long-term stability, good-neighborliness, mutual trust and all-round cooperation” and the spirit of being “good neighbors, good friends, good comrades, and good partners”, so as to promote the comprehensive development of strategic partnership between China and Laos in the long term.
On behalf of the LPRP Central Committee and Bounnhang, Sounthone said that the 19th CPC National Congress has made a significant judgment that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and established Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as a guiding ideology of the Party. Being deeply encouraged, the Lao side spoke highly of the 19th CPC National Congress, and hoped to learn from Chinese experience. The LPRP Central Committee hoped to work closely with the new leadership of the CPC Central Committee with General Secretary Xi Jinping at the core and jointly promote Laos-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new era to a new level.
Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor and others attended the meeting.