Premier Li Keqiang holds talks with Lao Prime Minister Tong Lun, who is on an official visit to China at the Great Hall of the People on the morning of January 6.
Li Keqiang said China and the elderly are friendly neighbors linked to the mountains and rivers. China attaches great importance to the development of China-Lao ties, stands ready to carry forward the traditional friendship with the elderly, deepen political mutual trust, implement the Plan of Action for Building a Community of China-Lao's Destiny, promote win-win cooperation and push bilateral relations and cooperation to a new level.
Li pointed out that the potential for pragmatic cooperation between China and the elderly is huge, and the trade between the two sides increased against the trend last year. China is ready to promote major infrastructure projects with the elderly, deepen cooperation in finance, agriculture and other fields, and welcome more high-quality Lao agricultural products into the Chinese market. China supports the efforts of its strong and trustworthy enterprises to invest in the old industries and to improve people's livelihood. China supports the Lao side's holding of the Third Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Leaders'Meeting and stands ready to work with ASEAN countries, including Laos, to promote regional economic integration and to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) as scheduled this year to jointly promote peace, stability and development and prosperity in the region.
Tong Lun congratulated China on its development achievements in various fields. He said China signed a plan of action to build a community of destiny last year, laying a more solid foundation for enhancing political mutual trust and deepening pragmatic cooperation. The veteran side is ready to work closely with China to implement the above-mentioned action plan and promote the achievement of more mutually beneficial cooperation. The veteran side is ready to strengthen exchanges of experience in governing the country, deepen cooperation in trade, investment, tourism and agriculture, and make every effort to implement the old-China railway project. The old side will continue to promote trade facilitation, create a good business environment, and welcome Chinese enterprises to invest in the old business. The old side is ready to work closely with all parties, including China, to ensure the success of the Third Lan Mei Cooperation Leaders'Meeting.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Vice-President of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Director of the National Committee for Development and Reform, He Lifeng, and Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Gao Yunlong, attended the event.