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China and Thailand reiterated readiness for cooperation on transportation and regional security

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva paid a courtesy call on the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China H.E. Wen Jiabao, during the Prime Ministerís visit to China for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games.

On November 12, 2010, 4.30 P.M. local time, at Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangzhou, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva paid a courtesy call on the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China H.E. Wen Jiabao, during the Prime Ministerís visit to China for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games. The following is the synopsis of their discussion.

The Prime Minister, first, thanked the Chinese government for the welcome and said that Thailand has also sent Thai fruits as complimentary gifts to the guests attending the opening ceremony of the Asian Games. Commending the Chinese roles in several international meetings, under the framework of ASEAN+China and ASEAN+3 co-operation, the Prime Minister pointed out to Chinaís role in the international community and economic growth, both of which have been vital to the region and the world at large. Next, the Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the bilateral relations between China and Thailand, which is making progress on all levels.

The Prime Minister also reiterated that both countries have been good and supporting friends, pointing out to the cooperation on regional security. In addition, said the Prime Minister, the economic cooperation between the two nations has been greatly increasing this year. The cooperation on developing the transportation link for the region, in particular, is an important step for the development of bilateral relations, enabling better connection between the two nations and encouraging even more frequent visits. With such commitment, the National Parliament of Thailand has approved the framework for negotiation on railway joint venture between Thailand and China, which both countries are fully committed to proceed with. On this occasion, the Prime Minister also mentioned the review of figures for trade and tourism targets. The targets, noted the Prime Minister, would be considered by the Thai-Chinese Joint Committee (JC), which has not held a meeting for a while.

On this occasion, the Chinese Premier welcomed the Prime Minister and commended the bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Peopleís Republic of China. The Chinese Premier emphasised the close bilateral relations that have withstood the test of time and expressed gratitude for Thailandís support for the One-China Policy and issues of Chinese interest. China expressed support for Thailand including in political, economic, and social aspects. The bilateral relations can be considered as a relation that is based on a strong foundations, which supports the interactions between the two nation on every levels.

In respect to trade relations, the outlook is very bright, and the growth rate is very satisfying. It is expected that the Thai exports for China will exceed 50 billion US Dollars within this year. The Chinese Premier reiterated the bilateral cooperation on Thai-Chinese 5-Year Trade Strategy, which is to strengthen the operation of the Thai-Chinese JC. The strategy also addresses the bilateral trade and investment promotion, tourism and cultural cooperation, and the importance of rail link, which has been agreed in initial phase. China is to speed up the negotiation and investment in the route of the railway, as a next step, reiterated the Chinese Premier.

Also on this occasion, the Prime Minister thanked China for the assistance provided during the flood situation in Thailand and said that he has assigned the minister overseeing the flood relief coordination to coordinate with China closely. Furthermore, the Prime Minister also invitated the Chinese Premier for an official visit to Thailand. The Chinese Premier is to visit Thailand soon.

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