Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan, front right, and Laos’ Minister of National Defense Chansamone Chanyalath, front left, pay tribute to Chinese martyrs who helped the Lao people at the cemetery of the martyrs in Oudomxay, Laos on Sept 15, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]
VIENTIANE — Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan and Lao Minister of National Defense Chansamone Chanyalath have led army delegations of the two countries to gather respectively in northern Laos’ Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Moten border and China’s Yunnan’s Mengla, Mohan border for the first high-level frontier meetings on Sept 15-16.
Chang said the meetings aimed at implementing the consensus reached by General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping and General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Bounnhang Vorachit to further strengthen the ties between the two countries and the two armies as well as to promote practical measures to ensure border security and stability.
Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan, first from right, and Laos’ Minister of National Defense Chansamone Chanyalath, second from right, visit soldiers in the border area in Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Laos on Sept 15, 2017.[Photo/Xinhua]
China is willing to join hands with the Lao side to implement the strategic directions by the leaders of the two countries to further strengthen political leadership, deepen practical cooperation, enhance bilateral military friendship so as to jointly build a border of peace, stability and friendly cooperation and push forward the stable and healthy development of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries in the long run, said Chang.
Chansamone, for his part, said that the meetings were an important manifestation of the implementation of the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and the two parties, and will play a significant role in promoting bilateral traditional friendship, strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the two armies and safeguarding stability at the Laos-China border.
Laos is willing to work together with the Chinese side to maintain the strong momentum of the development of bilateral relationship, further strengthen practical cooperation between the two armies in various fields for the sake of the peoples of the two countries, said the Lao minister.