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Belt and Road Forum for Laos-China Cooperation to be held in December

The first Belt and Road Forum for Laos-China Cooperation will be held in Vientiane, Laos from Dec.19-20, according to organizers. The Lao News Agency , China Economic Information Service and Lao Chinese Chamber of Commerce announced on Saturday that they will jointly host the forum, themed "Opportunities and Outlook of Laos-China Cooperation - Strategic Integration of Laos' Strategy of Transformation from a Landlocked to a Land-linked Country and the Belt and Road Initiative."

China Focus: TV, beer and railways - bringing Laos and China together

"Speaking Chinese will open up new opportunities for me. With many Lao people keen to learn Chinese, when I go back home after graduation next year, I will teach Chinese language, culture and politics," said Tala, from Vientiane, Laos.

Xi's Globalist Vision Encounters Suspicion in His Own Backyard

To understand the challenges Xi Jinping faces in assuming greater leadership in world affairs, look no further than the Chinese president's travels through his own backyard this week. Over five days in Vietnam and Laos, Xi played two seemingly disparate roles: defender of global commerce and torchbearer for international communism.

Trump's odd claim Obama 'never got to land' in Philippines

Former U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the ASEAN Gala Dinner at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.


Don't say that this is nothing special. Children are always very special. But as a photo, well... This is from Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, in January 1973.

Chinese president back home after APEC summit, state visits to Vietnam, Laos

During his stay in Vietnam, Xi also attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang. It was Xi's first overseas trip after the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October.

Xi calls for more China-Laos cooperation in public welfare

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that China and Laos need to channel more of their cooperation efforts to the public welfare sector. He made the remarks while attending the foundation-laying ceremony for a China-built hospital in the Lao capital along with Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit.

Xi urges China, Laos to build community of shared future with strategic significance

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday reviewed the China-Laos relations as "friendly socialist neighbors" and called on both sides to jointly build a community of shared future with strategic significance. Xi made the remarks in a signed article published in Laos' mainstream media including the Pasaxon , Pathet Lao and the Vientiane Times as he embarked on a two-day state visit to the Southeast Asian country.

Chinese president arrives in Laos for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, arrived in Laos Monday for a state visit as the two socialist countries are seeking to consolidate their traditional friendship. It marks the first visit in 11 years by a Chinese head of state and top CPC leader to this neighboring country in Southeast Asia.

Lao legislators speak highly of Laos-China ties

"Laos and China have had good relationship for a long time as we share a border. Both governments have collaborated consistently and China has supported Laos' socio-economic development efforts," Viengthavisone Thepphachanh, a Lao lawmaker said recently to the media.

Backgrounder: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Heads of state and government of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered here from Friday to Tuesday for their 31st summit and related meetings, under the theme "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World." ASEAN, a regional bloc comprising 10 Southeast Asian nations, aims to promote intergovernmental cooperation and facilitate economic integration among its members.

Xi's book on governance published in Lao language

The Lao language version of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance has been officially launched Thursday in Lao capital Vientiane. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Guo Weimin, deputy director of the State Council Information Office of China, said the publication of the book's Lao version is of great significance on the occasion of the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the upcoming visit by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Laos.

Bacolod eyeing to host int'l mask confab on Nov. 2019

THE City Government of Bacolod is planning to host the 7th International Mask Arts and Culture Organization International Conference in November 2019. Councilor Em Ang, chairperson of committee on tourism, said Wednesday, November 8, that since Bacolod is usually busy with MassKara Festival during October, they suggested to hold the conference the following month.

Don't touch the Mekong

The battle over the Mekong River has resumed, and it will end badly for one side. Despite continuous government efforts to delay, a decision will have to be made shortly.

Lao news chief highlights Chinese president's upcoming visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping's planned visit to Lao People's Democratic Republic is widely believed to benefit the development of both countries, Lao News Agency Director General Sounthone Khanthavong said Tuesday. Xi will pay state visits to Vietnam and Laos from Nov. 12 to 14, at the invitation of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, and Bounnhang Vorachit, general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and president of Laos.

Lao PM visits construction site of China-Laos railway

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has paid an inspection visit to the construction site of China-Laos railway in Lao northern Oudomxay and Luang Prabang provinces. The China-Laos railway commanding department under China Railway Group Limited told Xinhua on Monday that the prime minister visited some tunnel and bridge construction sites in the northern provinces and listened to brief introduction on construction progress.

Fight to save key Mekong rapids not over

A fisherman guides his boat through the Khon Pi Luang rapid in the Mekong River in Chiang Rai. Environmentalists have pledged not to lower their guard against attempts to clear rapids on the Mekong River for better shipping navigation.

China, Laos vow to build strong community of shared destiny

Bounnhang Vorachit , General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and president of Laos, shakes hands with Song Tao, special envoy of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping , during their meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Nov. 2, 2017. Song, who is also head of the CPC Central Committee's International Department, has been here on a visit from Thursday to Friday to brief the Laotian side on the 19th CPC National Congress.

Bacolod City to host int'l mask conference in 2019

LAOS. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, with Councilor Em ang, receives the banner from International Mask Arts and Culture Organization president Kweon Young Sae during the 6th Imaco International Conference in Vientiane, Laos Thursday. Bacolod will host the 7th edition in 2019.

KPFF Consulting Engineers promotes Dommels

KPFF Consulting Engineers has promoted civil project manager Daan Dommels to associate. His background includes site and utility design, sustainable stormwater treatment and drainage design, and site grading.