Deputy Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thongloun Sisoulith is very delighted at the growing relations between India and China.
There were a series of multilateral meetings in Manila that were organised by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) where the PM said:
Laos has long-lasting friendship with both India and China. With regard to the rise of these two important countries, Lao PDR would see it in a very positive way, as the two countries will help strengthen our region.
The Hindu, an Indian newspaper reported that Laos was happy to “witness” the growth of India-China ties “from strength to strength” and that ASEAN too recognised their “contribution” to peace and stability in East Asia.
Further on India he said the following:
The Lao PDR appreciates the assistance rendered by the Government of India, particularly in providing us with credit and soft loans to be utilised in various development projects. Many of them are under implementation, and, of course, there would be more projects in the future.
Another important area is to enhance investment from India.
And, apart from the information technology sector, we would very much welcome investments by India in hydro-electric power plant construction as well as in the agricultural sector, in particular agro-processing.
Vientiane and New Delhi were now discussing the possible involvement of India in the construction of the Asian highway projects that would link the east-west and north-south economic corridors of Laos.
Seems like every country is happy with the growth in India and China in one way or another and all want to reap the benefits that accrue from it in one form or another.