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Laos, China enhance cooperation in defence, security

Laos and China have vowed to enhance their cooperation in defence and security in order to maintain peace and security along their shared border.

This was the topic of discussion between leaders and military officials from Laos and China when they met in Vientiane during a visit by high-level military officials from China on September 13-14.

The military delegation from the People's Republic of China led by Minister of Defence and State Councilor of the People's Republic of China, General Chang Wanquan, paid a courtesy visit to President Bounnhang Vorachit yesterday.

President Bounnhang praised the visit by the Chinese delegation and the regular exchange visits by delegations from the two armies at the central and local levels, as well as the joint patrols undertaken between Laos and China and between the four countries bordering the Mekong. These helped to maintain the peace, and minimise illegal trade and drug trafficking.

He thanked the Chinese People's Liberation Army for assisting with the construction of the new nine-storey 103 Hospital.

President Bounnhang suggested continuing the implementation of projects agreed to by the two Ministries of Defence, such as the construction of an Air Force school and the provision of sophisticated equipment for the rapid response battalion of the Lao People's Army.

He also proposed that the two ministries enhance their cooperation in the protection of natural resources in border areas, as well as preventing illegal trade, drug trafficking and the illegal sale of arms, and together build a border of peace, friendship and security.

The bilateral meeting was led by Minister of National Defence Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath and General Chang Wanquan, and took place on Wednesday.

They reviewed cooperation in national defence and security between the two countries over past years.

The visit by the Chinese military delegation to Laos has helped to strengthen the tradition of friendship between the two parties, states, and the people's armies, and promoted comprehensive cooperation aimed at protecting socialism.

After the meeting, the two sides signed a note on future cooperation between the two ministries.

Lt. Gen Chansamone, representing the Lao government, presented a First Class Development Order to the Ministry of Defence of the People's Republic of China for providing equipment to the Ministry of National Defence of the Lao PDR.

A Chinese military delegation comprising 90 doctors and medics made a 10-day tour of Laos in late July to early August to provide health services to Lao military officers and soldiers and their families in Luang Namtha province and in Vientian e.

More than 1,300 military officers and soldiers of the Lao People's Army, more than 400 members of their families, and 2,400 members of the public received health checks and treatment from the Chinese medical team.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update September 15, 2017)

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