With China and Laos’ bilateral ties proving to be stronger than ever, China has opened its borders to hundreds of Lao students through scholarships, giving Lao youths the chance to experience China’s culture, education and development first-hand.
Over 1,300 Lao students have been granted fully-funded Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) between 1990 and 2016, a figure that exceeds all other ASEAN countries.
According to the Chinese ambassador to Laos, the number of Lao students in China exceeded 9,900 in 2016, ranking Laos as one of the biggest source countries for international students in China.
With adequate mandarin language proficiency and professional knowledge in their respective fields, there is anticipation by both governments that students returning to Laos will play a constructive role in future bilateral cooperation.
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