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Zhou meets Timor-Leste President, Laotian VP

(Xinhua)

10:10, September 06, 2011

NANNING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met on Sunday with Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos- Horta and Laotian Vice President Bounnang Vorachit, respectively, and said that China is ready to work with the two Asian nations to score achievements to benefit their peoples.

Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, told Ramos-Horta that despite nations' size or power, they face many similar challenges on their development path.

China is willing to initiate further discussion with countries such as Timor-Leste to explore ways for scientific development and improvement of their peoples' lives, Zhou said.

Zhou also applauded the growth of China-Timor-Leste relations in the nine years since the two countries forged diplomatic relations, noting that China was the first country to establish a diplomatic relationship with Timor-Leste, and the bilateral cooperation has yielded remarkable results in such fields as agriculture, oil and natural gas exploration and infrastructure construction.

Ramos-Horta spoke highly of China's rapid development in the past more than 30 years and expressed his appreciation of China's assistance in his nation's development.

Ramos-Horta boasted that Timor-Leste has become a trading partner rather than a receiver of China aid over the recent years, expressing his hope that China can continue its support to Timor-Leste on the development of agriculture.

When meeting with Bounnang, Zhou recalled his visit to Laos last month, noting that he was impressed during the visit by such high political mutual trust and friendship between the two nations and their peoples.

China and Laos share a solid foundation, huge potential and the prospect for pragmatic cooperation in many fields, Zhou said, calling on the two nations to further implement the agreements signed between the two nations into concrete actions.

Bounnang expressed his gratitude to China for its long-term support for Laos, pledging the country's commitment to further develop ties with China.

Zhou met the guests prior to his attendance to the opening ceremony of a special conference of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) held in Nanning, capital city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The conference was held under the theme,"Development and People's Access: Deliver the Fruits of Development to the People".

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