General Secretary of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith holds meeting with Chinese Military Commission Vice Chairman He Weidong

He Weidong. Insert picture: Thongloun Sisoulith

6th December 2023 – (Beijing) Thongloun Sisoulith, the General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and Lao President, engaged in a meeting with He Weidong, the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. The meeting took place on Tuesday, underlining the enduring friendship between Laos and China.

During the meeting, Thongloun expressed his gratitude for China’s unwavering support and long-term assistance to the Lao party, government, and military. He emphasized the unbreakable nature of the Laos-China friendship. Thongloun also highlighted the vital role played by various projects, such as the Laos-China railway, in injecting new life into Laos’ economic and social development. As an advocate, practitioner, and beneficiary of the Belt and Road Initiative, Laos values its participation in this transformative initiative.

Considering the complex and evolving international landscape, Thongloun expressed his hope for strengthened communication, coordination, and practical cooperation between the two militaries across multiple domains. Such collaboration would further enhance bilateral relations and contribute towards the economic and social progress of both nations.

Responding to the remarks, He acknowledged the geographic proximity and shared destiny between China and Laos, emphasizing their status as friendly socialist neighbours. He highlighted the positive momentum in the development of military relations, which has been guided strategically by the leaders of both parties and countries. Furthermore, He expressed China’s readiness to deepen exchanges at all levels, enhance the quality and effectiveness of joint exercises, and reinforce border defence exchanges with Laos. These concerted efforts would elevate military cooperation to new heights and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

In addition to the meeting with Thongloun, He also engaged in discussions with Chansamone Chanyalath, the Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence. The two officials exchanged views on bilateral relations, military cooperation, and the prevailing international and regional situation.