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Xinhua: 2 Chinese Nationals Killed in Laos

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China's official Xinhua news agency said two Chinese nationals have been killed and a third wounded in a bomb attack in neighboring Laos.

The incident happened Sunday as the trio was traveling in a vehicle in the remote mountainous province of Xaysomboun. Xinhua said one of the victims is an employee of a Chinese mining company.

Officials from China's Embassy in Vientiane visited the survivor in the hospital, and are demanding a swift investigation.

Beijing has become a major diplomatic and economic investor in Laos in recent years, pouring huge sums of money in Laos' abundant natural resources sector. Xinhua said a special envoy of President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit this week.

Sunday's incident occurred as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Laos on the first stop of a three-nation visit to Asia.

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