Xi's Vietnam visit highlighted in Chinese media

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that China and Laos need to channel more of their cooperation efforts to the public welfare sector.

Xi also said he had friendly and in-depth exchanges with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong on November 12, and that both agreed to further deepen bilateral cooperation and advance the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Vientiane is the final leg of Xi's first overseas trip after the 19th CPC National Congress.

Vietnam and China are neighbouring countries that share many similarities in development directions, political regime, and cultural and social features, he said, adding the development, stability and achievements of each country are important for both sides.

The two countries agreed to deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperation under new circumstances, according to the joint declaration.

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He encouraged the two countries' legislatures to keep up the tradition of high-level exchanges.

Vietnam and China should bolster the effectiveness of cooperation in economy, trade, investment, agriculture, environment, and science-technology, while stepping up the implementation of China's major projects using advanced and environmentally friendly technology in Vietnam.

President Xi, who is General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, said the party-to-party and state-to-state relations between China and Vietnam are solid.

Before flying to Hanoi, Xi had just concluded a two-day stay in Da Nang, where he attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting.

Cooperation between China and Laos is highly complementary, Xi said, adding that the two countries should expand and deepen cooperation in energy resources, electric power and finance and strengthen cooperation in areas concerning people's livelihood, including education, healthcare and poverty alleviation.