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China, Thailand pledge to promote ties, boost cooperation

Updated: Aug 02,2019 08:52 AM    Xinhua

BANGKOK — China and Thailand agreed to work together to promote the development of bilateral ties and expand cooperation in various fields during a meeting on August 1 between Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Prayut said during the meeting that Thailand's new government will maintain the continuity of its policy towards China, and is committed to developing a strong Thailand-China relationship.

Thailand admires China's great achievements in economic and social development and poverty reduction, and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with the Chinese side, said Prayut.

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative benefits regional countries and the world, and Thailand is willing to actively participate in its development, said the prime minister.

Prayut said his country is ready to work with China to push forward the construction of the Thailand-China railway, adding that Thailand welcomes Chinese companies to expand investment in the country.

Thailand is also willing to deepen third-party market cooperation with China, carry out closer people-to-people exchanges so as to achieve greater development of bilateral ties, the prime minister said.

For his part, Wang conveyed the cordial greetings and congratulations of Chinese leaders to the re-elected Thai prime minister.

Hailing the traditional China-Thailand friendship, Wang said that the two countries have made remarkable achievements in jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative, which not only brings tangible benefits to the people of both countries, but also contributes to regional connectivity and development.

China and Thailand should increase high-level exchanges, share experiences on governance, including poverty alleviation, deepen synergy of development strategies, expand trade, create new growth areas of cooperation, such as innovation and artificial intelligence, and jointly explore third-party markets, said Wang.

China is ready to import more high-quality agricultural products from Thailand and upgrade the China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, he added.

China fully supports Thailand in fulfilling its responsibilities and successfully hosting the related meetings as the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, said the Chinese state councilor.