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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand Meets with Wang Yi

On July 24, 2017 local time, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand met in Bangkok with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and China, bilateral relations have enjoyed steady development, with significant cooperation outcomes. The Thai side upholds the one-China policy and stands ready to further deepen Thailand-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Admiring China’s development achievements, Thailand hopes to learn from China’s experience in state governance and administration, deeply integrate the Thailand 4.0 Development Plan with “Made in China 2025” plan, and deepen bilateral practical cooperation under the “Belt and Road” framework. Thailand supports Thailand-China Railway project, welcomes Chinese enterprises to participate in the construction of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, and hopes bilateral cooperation could boost the development of the entire sub-region. The country is willing to continuously enhance coordination and cooperation with the Chinese side within such frameworks as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China cooperation, the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Prayut Chan-o-cha asked Wang Yi to convey sincere greetings of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand and himself to Chinese leaders.

Conveying greetings from Chinese leaders to the Thai King and Prayut Chan-o-cha, Wang Yi welcomed Prayut Chan-o-cha to attend dialogues among BRICS countries, emerging market economies and developing countries. Wang Yi expressed that China always attaches great importance to China-Thailand friendship, appreciates Thailand for supporting the “Belt and Road” initiative, and stands ready to, under this framework, align bilateral development strategies, expand cooperation fields, advance China-Thailand railway project, and participate in the construction of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, so as to constantly exploit new potentials and write new chapters for bilateral relations. The Chinese side is willing to enhance communication and coordination with Thailand in China-ASEAN cooperation and other regional and international affairs.

On the same day, Wang Yi also visited the Grand Palace in Bangkok, paying tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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