VIENTIANE, Sept. 26 -- Senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Zhao Leji on Wednesday concluded his official good-will visit to Laos, where he and Laotian officials agreed to deepen bilateral ties and cooperations between the two countries as well as ruling parties.
Zhao, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, started visiting Laos on Sunday.
During his meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit, who is also the general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee, Zhao said his visit was aimed at implementing the important consensus reached by both general secretary of two countries, so as to enhance strategic communication, consolidate political mutual trust and deepen substantial cooperation between the two countries.
China attaches great importance to the construction of the China-Laos railway, which is regarded as a model project of the Belt and Road Initiative, and China is willing to deepen and develop the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation by pushing forward the cooperations on major projects, Zhao said.
Zhao also introduced the exercise of strict self-governance of CPC in every respect and said the CPC is willing to further strengthen exchange and cooperation on discipline inspection with the LPRP in a bid to guarantee the development of respective party and country.
Bounnhang Vorachit, for his part, expressed gratitude to China's long-term assistance to Laos and spoke highly of China's historic achievements.
He said Laos is willing to enhance party exchanges with the CPC in various fields including discipline inspection, continue to make the LPRP-CPC relations to lead the Laos-China ties, and build an unbreakable Laos-China community of shared future.
During talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Zhao said China is willing to speed up the strategic alignment between the Belt and Road Initiative with Laos development strategies, and promote the construction of China-Laos railway and the China-Laos economic corridor.
Extending thanks to China's prompt assistance in fighting flood in the southern part of Laos, the Lao prime minister said that China's achievements inspire Laos' confidence in the friendship with China and further cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative with China.
During his four-day visit, Zhao also met with Phankham Viphavan, Vice President of Laos and a Standing Member of the LPRP Secretariat, and Bounthong Chitmany, member of Central Committee of LPRP and chairman of the LPRP Inspection Committee.
Phankham Viphavan said the traditional Laos-China friendship is at its best time in history and the Lao side is ready to work closely with China to make best the positive role of Laos-China railway in the construction of Belt and Road.
Noting that the friendly exchanges between inspection committees of the two parties have scored effective coordinations on anti-corruption, Zhao said he hopes the two sides will continue to deepen exchanges on discipline inspection, enhance cooperation on fugitive repatriation and asset recovery and advance the steady development of relations between the two parties and the two countries.
Bounthong Chitmany spoke highly of the outstanding fruits resulted from CPC's enforcement of strict self-governance in all respect and the friendly cooperation between the two parties on discipline inspections, on which the Lao side is willing to work with China for further exchange and cooperation.
During his tour in Laos, Zhao and Bounthong Chitmany also visited workers undertaking the China-Laos railway construction.
Laos is the second leg of Zhao's three-state tour. He finished visiting Belarus on Sept. 22 and is expected to visit Vietnam on Wednesday.