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Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum kicks off
Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum kicks off

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Vientiane, Feb 2 (IANS) Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum kicked off here on Friday, focusing on development and cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said the two-day forum was an implementation of the outcomes of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the country in November last year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Belt and Road initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa based on ancient land and maritime trade routes.

"Jointly building the Belt and Road will promote all-round communication and cooperation between the two countries," said Kikeo Khaikhamphithoune, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

Over 500 delegates from both countries' government departments, enterprises and other sectors were invited to the forum.

The event will also witness the issuing of "Report on China-Laos Cooperation Opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative in 2018" by the China Economic Information Service.

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Update: 02-February-2018

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