|Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand Meets with Wang Yi|
On August 1, 2019 local time, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Prime Minister's Office in Bangkok.
Prayut Chan-o-cha asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to Chinese leaders, and congratulated on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed that Thailand-China enjoys a time-honored friendship, and that the new government of Thailand will maintain the continuity of its foreign policy towards China and be committed to developing strong Thailand-China relations. The Thai side admires China's great achievements in economic and social development as well as in poverty alleviation, and is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese side. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by the Chinese side benefits regional countries and the world at large. The Thai side is willing to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative. The Thai side is ready to work with the Chinese side to push forward the construction of Thailand-China railway. Chinese enterprises are welcome to increase investment in Thailand. The Thai side is also willing to deepen the cooperation in Thailand-China third-party market, enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries, and promote the greater development of Thailand-China relations.
Wang Yi conveyed the warm greetings of Chinese leaders to Prayut Chan-o-cha, and expressed his congratulations on the re-election of Prayut Chan-o-cha and the formation of the new government. Wang Yi expressed, China and Thailand enjoy a traditional friendship, and the notion that China and Thailand are as close as one family is deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. The joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative by the two countries has made remarkable achievements, which brings tangible benefits to the two peoples, and also benefits the regional connectivity and development. China and Thailand should intensify high-level exchanges, carry out experience exchanges in state governance and administration including poverty alleviation, deepen the alignment of development strategies, expand the scale of trade, forge new cooperation growth points such as innovation and artificial intelligence, and jointly explore the third-party market. The Chinese side is willing to expand imports of Thailand's high-quality agricultural products and facilitate the improvement and upgrade of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries. As Thailand holds the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, the Chinese side fully supports the Thai side in fulfilling its duty and holding the series of meetings on East Asia cooperation successfully this time.