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Chinese premier's trip to Laos promotes Asia-Europe cooperation, bilateral ties: FM

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Chinese PremierWen Jiabaodelivers a speech during the first session of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Lao capital of Vientiane on Nov. 5, 2012. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's three-day trip to Vientiane was successful in many ways, creating fresh momentum for the development of Asia-Europe cooperation and strengthening bilateral ties with Laos, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Tuesday.

ASIA-EUROPE COOPERATION PROMOTED

During his stay in Vientiane, the Chinese premier attended various functions of the Ninth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), gave a keynote speech, met with state and government leaders, and participated in extensive discussions on global issues of common concern, Yang said.

In his keynote speech, titled Common Responsibility to Promote Stable Growth of World Economy, Wen elaborated on China's current economic situation and expressed his confidence in the improvement of the global economy and finance in the future.

He called on Asia and Europe to make concerted efforts and strengthen their cooperation so as to jointly shoulder the responsibility of reviving the global economy.

To achieve stable economic growth worldwide, more efforts are needed to open the market and boycott trade protectionism, Wen said, adding that countries involved in trade frictions should resolve their disputes in more sensible ways.

Wen also underlined the importance of scientific innovation in reviving the sluggish economy, saying countries should deepen communication in this regard and join hands to promote scientific development in clean energy, environment protection, space technologies, among other areas.

Wen suggested that Asian and European countries should also boost cooperation on energy security and disaster prevention and mitigation.

He also called on further reform of the global financial system and the installation of a just and transparent pricing mechanism for large commodities.

Wen's remarks and proposals showcased China's image as a responsible global player and boosted confidence among ASEM partners to overcome current economic difficulties, Yang said.

                                       

                           Chinese PremierWen Jiabao(L) shakes hands with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong at the inauguration ceremony of the Laos National Convention Center in Vientiane, capital of Laos, Nov. 5, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

CHINA-LAOS COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP OF COOPERATION FURTHER LIFTED

Yang said China and Laos have been firmly supporting and sincerely cooperating with each other for a long time, adding that both countries, now in the critical period in their pursuit of socialism, face heavy tasks of reform, development and maintaining stability.

Wen's visit to Laos focused exactly on the future relations of both countries and both parties, and was aimed at promoting greater development for the relations at a new starting point, Yang said.

During his talks with Lao President Choummaly Saygnasone and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Wen raised proposals on further deepening bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, Yang said.

Wen called on the two countries to continue to support each other politically, intensify exchanges on state governance and policy-making, fully implement the consensus reached between them and map out an action plan as soon as possible for their comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation.

The two countries, Wen said, should also enhance cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure construction and satellite communication, boost coordination under the mechanism of the Mekong river law enforcement security cooperation, promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and boost solidarity and mutual trust between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Lao leaders gave a warm welcome to Wen's visit and attendance at ASEM, and spoke highly of the traditional friendship between the two countries and the outcomes of bilateral substantial cooperation, Yang said.

The Lao leaders expressed willingness to enhance communication and cooperation with China in all areas and intensify coordination on international and regional affairs so as to continuously push forward bilateral relations and relations between China and ASEAN, he said.

The Lao leaders also wished the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) a success and voiced confidence that China's cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics will achieve greater success under the leadership of the CPC.

In a wide coverage, Lao media said Wen's visit is an embodiment of Beijing's high attention to the relations with Vientiane and support for Laos to hold ASEM.

Lao media said Wen's proposals on deepening bilateral relations would inject fresh vitality and impetus to the good-neighborly relations and cooperation.

Wen's visit to Laos and attendance at ASEM have achieved the goals of enhancing mutual trust, deepening cooperation and planning for the future, and have far-reaching significance in pushing forward ASEM evolvement and promoting Asia-Europe cooperation and China-Laos relations, Yang said.

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