Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (C) who was named as new secretary general of Laos Communist Party speaks at the closing ceremony of the 11th national congress of the communist party of Laos in Vientiane, Laos January 15, 2021.

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith Elected Secretary General

As holder of Laos’ top office, Sisoulith must balance an ever-increasing Chinese influence.

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