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Lao consulate opens in China's Changsha City

Updated:2017-12-26 10:47:03   vientianetimes.org.la

A Lao consulate in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province, has officially opened to boost people-to-people exchanges, investment and trade.

An official opening ceremony took place on December 23 in Changsha, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith led a Lao delegation to join the Chinese side attending the opening ceremony.

The Chinese side was led by Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Hunan province Du Jiahao. Some 150 officials from Laos and China attended the event.

The new Lao consulate will be in charge of overseeing Lao missions in China’s central southern four provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Henan, and Guizhou.

The four provinces have enjoyed high-level economic growth and have considerable development potential. The provinces and Laos have enjoyed long-standing relations and cooperation, the Lao ministry said.

The ministry said the opening of the Lao consulate would give a boost to relations and cooperation in economic affairs, trade, investment, tourism, education and culture between Laos and the four provinces. 

During the visit, the Lao minister held talks with Mr Du Jiahao and provincial governor Xu Dazhe.

Both sides said they highly valued the traditional friendly relations and cooperation between Laos and China in general and between Laos and the province in particular.

They pledged to work together to further enhance relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides agreed to intensify cooperation in politics, economics, trade, agriculture, transport, education, social affairs and culture based on their potential.

Mr Saleumxay thanked the Chinese government and Hunan provincial authorities for their support and assistance in preparing for the opening of the Lao consulate in Changsha.

Laos and China hailed the fact that the consulate was being opened at a significant time in their relations after the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President of China Xi Jinping made a state visit to Laos last month, which yielded successful outcomes.

The opening of the Lao consulate in Changsha brings the number of Lao consulates in China to six.

The others are in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Kunming - the capital of China’s southwest Yunnan province. There are two more in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, and another in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.

In addition, there is a Lao consulate office in Xishuangbanna, the southernmost autonomous prefecture of China’s Yunnan province. 

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Editor: Eric Wang