Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, arrived in Laos Monday for a state visit as the two socialist countries seek to consolidate their traditional friendship.
It marks the first visit in 11 years by a Chinese head of state and top CPC leader to this neighboring country in Southeast Asia.
President Xi extended greetings and best wishes to the party, government and people of Laos in a statement delivered at the airport. He said that China and Laos are both socialist countries led by communist parties; They are good neighbors and good friends.
Since establishing diplomatic relations 56 years ago, their comprehensive strategic partnership has developed, bringing tangible benefits to both peoples and also promoting the peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world, Xi said.
Xi is scheduled to meet with Bounnhang Vorachit, general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and president of Laos, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and President of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou.
Vientiane is the final leg of Xi's first overseas trip after the 19th CPC National Congress, which was held last month. Prior to the visit, he attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang and paid a state visit to the capital city of Hanoi.