Saturday, August 03, 2013

China, Thailand vow to advance bilateral, China-ASEAN ties

Thai Prime Yingluck Shinawatra met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Friday to discuss issues regarding bilateral and China-ASEAN relations.

During the meeting at the Thai Government House, Yingluck voiced her satisfaction over the development of Thailand-China relations. She said China has attached great importance to China- ASEAN relations and this has boosted the region's confidence in promoting growth and maintaining stability.

As the coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, Thailand is willing to join hands with China to push for steady development of relations between the two sides, said the prime minister.

For his part, Wang said China and Thailand, which are like one family, should maintain high-level exchanges and further strengthen cooperation in areas such as construction of railway and water conservancy infrastructure, trade of agricultural products and development of new energy.

The minister spoke highly of the work Thailand has done to advance China-ASEAN relations since becoming coordinator in 2012. He said China stands ready to work with Thailand and other ASEAN countries to continuously deepen the China-ASEAN strategic partnership and to create favorable conditions for a series of important events between the two sides later this year.

Wang extended welcome to the prime minister to attend the China- ASEAN Expo which will be held in Nanning, capital of China's southwest Guangxi Province, in September.

On Friday, Wang also met with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Suraporn Tovichakchaikul. The two sides exchanged opinions and reached consensus on the deepening of bilateral cooperation. - Philippines News Agency

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