May 5, 2011
(KPL) On 29 April, the Lao People’s Army organized a lecture to mark the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Lao PDR and the People’s Republic of China.
Speaking at the ceremony, Brigadier General Bounsay Songyongya, Deputy Head of General Political Department of the Armed Forces highlighted the traditional friendship relations and co-operation made by Laos and China in the past 50 years. He also represented the Lao government and people in praising China for endeavouring to enhance bilateral relations with Laos.
In past decades, bilateral relations between the two countries were tested by several difficult periods, including the Lao people’s struggle for national liberation. The comprehensive bilateral cooperation between the two countries covers national defence, security, agriculture, justice, education, information and culture, health, sports and other fields.
In particular, each year the government of China provides 300 scholarships to Lao students. Through this help, thousands of Lao students have graduated from universities in China.
In 1997, Laos and China established a joint commission in charge of cooperation in trade and economics, which has led to fruitful economic relations.
At present, China ranks as the second highest foreign investor in Laos. Trade volume between Laos and China has increased from US$130 million in 2005 to over US$1 billion today.
The lecture was attended by 350 military officers.