Thailand and China agree to carry on traditional friendship and expand bilateral cooperation

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Thai and China agree to carry on a long-standing friendship, expanding bilateral cooperation and planning for the future development of relations.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha said during an official meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday, July 5th, that Thailand attaches great importance to the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative. He also praises China’s great achievements in eliminating extreme poverty.

Thailand expected to learn from China’s development experience, understand the trends of the era, seize the historical opportunity, and push Thai-Chinese cooperation forward in all aspects.

Wang Yi stated that China and Thailand have developed strong and stable relations, which benefit from strategic guidance from the leaders of the two countries, a long-lasting friendship that is close like a family, and a strong political trust between the two countries.

He continued that China and Thailand could work on building a China-Laos-Thailand Railway to smooth the transportation of goods with convenient and fast channels while promoting economy and trade with better logistics, and facilitating the growth of industries with a strong economy and trade.

In response, General Prayut expressed his hopes to synergize the “Thailand 4.0” development strategy with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as carry out the cooperation based on the Thai-China-Laos railway and unleash the full potential of cross-border railways.

Both sides also exchanged views on the APEC Informal Leaders’ Meeting to be held this year.

Wang said China fully supports Thailand in playing an important role as the host country of the APEC meeting in 2022, which will discuss the Asia-Pacific, development and construction of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area to inject new and strong impulse into the regional integration processes.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.