Chinese premier congratulates new Lao PM

Sonexay Siphandone, the new prime minister of Laos, addresses a National Assembly meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Dec 30, 2022. (KETHSANA SALIANKHAM / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has sent a message to Sonexay Siphandone to congratulate him on assuming the post of Laos' prime minister.

In the message on Tuesday, Li said that China and Laos are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers.

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With the joint efforts of both sides, the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Laos has been continuously deepened, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and their people, Li said.

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China attaches great importance to developing China-Laos relations, and is willing to work together with Laos to strengthen the alignment of development strategies, boost mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and promote the building of a China-Laos community with a shared future to achieve more fruitful results.