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World leaders welcomed in Laos

11-05-2012 18:15 BJT Special Report:Wen Attends 9th ASEM, Visits Laos |

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The 9th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit has opened in Vientiane. Global leaders and ministers are being welcomed by Lao President, Choummaly Sayasone, and Prime Minister, Thongsing Thammavong.

Among those attending are China’s Premier Wen Jiabao and European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy. Discussions are expected to cover strengthening trade and investment ties between the two regions and how Asia’s dynamism can shore up a faltering Europe.

The theme of the two-day meeting is "Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity". There are currently 48 ASEM partner-countries in Asia and Europe. Three new members, Bangladesh, Switzerland and Norway will also officially join the group this year.

The summit, held every two years in Asia and Europe alternately, is a forum for Asian and European leaders to discuss regional and international issues of common concern.


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