Is Democratic People's republic of Laos an eternal friend of Vietnam facing rising China and its regional influence?
Author(s): Dr. Nguyen Hoang Tien, Dr. Dinh Ba Hung Anh
Abstract: As determined by Vietnamese and Laotian officials, the relationship between the two countries is a special relationship, rare in the world. This special relationship Vietnam-Laos is not manifested by the superficial slogan, but it has a substantial political influence. The special relationship between Vietnam and Laos originates from the relationship between the Viet Minh and the Pathet during the First Indochina War. During the Vietnam War, due to the United States’ raging bombings, Northern Vietnam had to open a helpline for the South through the territory of its neighbors, in which Laos was the starting point of the road. This is a very strategically important position. Northern Vietnam has strengthened its friendship and influence with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. This is also a decisive factor in the victory of the Lao revolution.