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Thailand Strengthening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with China

5 September 2017 (Readers 876)

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed Thailands intention to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership with China and expand bilateral cooperation in various areas.
The Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on 4 September 2017 during his visit to China for the 9th BRICS Summit and Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue in Xiamen, Fujian province, on 5 September 2017.
He reiterated Thailands commitment for successful implementation of the Thailand-China rail cooperation project. Thailand was of the view that connectivity is crucial for sustainable and inclusive development. It is ready to support Chinas Belt and Road (BRI) policy and to work with China in linking development strategies of both countries along the Silk Route.
The Prime Minister stated that Chinas BRI and "Made in China 2025 strategies are in line with Thailands economic development, especially its Eastern Economic Corridor development. Thailand also stands ready to boost economic relations with China under the China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor framework, as well as serving as Chinas gateway to CLMV, ASEAN, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and South Asia.
The Prime Minister called on China to take care of Thai investors and Thailands energy investment in China. It also encouraged China to transfer knowledge and technology to Thailand in the fields that China has expertise, such as aviation.
Both countries also shared the view that they should exchange experiences, information, and best practices in handling anti-terrorism between them. On this occasion, Prime Minister General Prayut and the Chinese President witnessed the signing of four agreements between Thailand and China.
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