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Xi Jinping Exchanges Messages with Bounnhang Vorachith on the Severe Bus Accident of Chinese Tourist Group in Laos

Recently, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, exchanged messages with Bounnhang Vorachith, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), Lao President and Chairman of the Defense and Public Security Central Commission of Laos, on the severe bus accident of a Chinese tourist group in Laos.

Bounnhang Vorachith expressed, I am shocked to learn about the severe bus accident of Chinese tourists, which has caused heavy casualties. I feel deeply saddened, and would like to extend deep condolences to the victims and sincere condolences to Comrade Xi Jinping and, through Comrade Xi Jinping, to the bereaved families and the injured. The Lao side will continue to make all-out efforts to provide proper medical treatment to the injured and deal with the follow-up work in close coordination with the Chinese side. It is believed that with joint efforts of both sides, the accident will be properly addressed, and the building of a Laos-China community with a shared future will surely be smoothly promoted.

Xi Jinping said, in the wake of the accident, the Lao side immediately mobilized various forces including the LPRP, the government, the army, the police and local people to actively join the rescue operations, which demonstrates the great importance that Laos attaches to its relations with China and a responsible attitude in dealing with the accident. I have also instructed relevant Chinese departments and the Chinese People's Liberation Army medical team that is in Laos to participate in the "Peace Train-2019" China-Laos humanitarian and medical joint rescue exercise to join the search, rescue and treatment operations. It is hoped that both sides will continue to work in close coordination in various aspects to ensure treatment of the injured and properly deal with the follow-up work of the accident.

Xi Jinping stressed, serving the people is the common commitment of our two Parties. I am willing to work with you to deepen and consolidate the relations between the two Parties and the two countries in the new era, and continuously push forward the building of a China-Laos community with a shared future.

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