Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai is on a visit to the Peopleís Republic of China, as guest of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
This visit, scheduled for 8-10 October 2015, is one of the activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations.
According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Don on 9 October will pay a courtesy call on Mr. Li Keqiang, the Premier of the Peopleís Republic of China and Mr. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peopleís Republic of China.
On the same day, he will co-host the reception to commemorate the 40 years of the establishment of Thailand-China diplomatic relations with Ms. Yan Junqi, Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China.
On 10 October, the Foreign Minister will host a "Team ThailandĒ meeting where he will meet the Ambassador of Thailand to China and Consuls-General, as well as the Thai private sector based in China.
Thailand and China have been holding events throughout this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations. Both countries have enjoyed close and cordial relations over the years, with frequent exchanges of high-level visits and positive cooperation in all areas.
In 2012, Thailand and China elevated their bilateral relations to a strategic comprehensive cooperative partnership. More than 4.6 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand in 2014, making China the number one inbound country. In the first six months of 2015, Thailand welcomed four million Chinese visitors. The number is expected to continue to rise this year.
Also in 2014, trade volume between the two countries amounted to 63,583 million US dollars, and Chinese investment in Thailand amounted to 33,707 million Thai baht, or 10 percent of Thailandís total foreign direct investment. At present, China is Thailandís largest trading partner.
Thailand is working with China in the development of a railway project, with medium-speed trains running between 160 to 180 kilometers per hour. The project is divided into four sections, with a total length of 873 km. The first section is from Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi, covering 133 km. The second section is from Kaeng Khoi to Map Ta Phut, with a length of 246.5 km. The third one covers 138.5 km from Kaeng Khoi to Nakhon Ratchasima, and the fourth one from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai, covering 355 km.
The development of this railway project will require a period of three years and a half. Construction of the first section, from Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi, and the third section, from Kaeng Khoi to Nakhon Ratchasima, will begin by December 2015.