Somkid meets Chinese leaders

national July 30, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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General Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), presented a personal message of friendship and cooperation to China's President Xi Jinping through his adviser Somkid Jatusripitak.

“Somkid confirmed to the Chinese leaders the NCPO leader’s determination to broaden and deepen the relationship between the two countries,” diplomatic sources said yesterday.
The special envoy conveyed the letter on Monday to Vice President Li Yuanchao, a member of the Communist Party’s Politburo, at the Great Hall of the People. 
Somkid also called on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The two meetings confirmed improved bilateral ties that will see China’s participation in Thailand’s mega-investment projects such as high-speed trains, water management and other infrastructure.
China pledged to continue importing rice, rubber, longan and other agricultural products.
The Chinese leaders assured Somkid that their government treasures Thailand as a “strategic partner” and will continue to strengthen links in all spheres.
Somkid held “substantive discussions” with both the vice president and foreign minister on outstanding issues and wider avenues of cooperation.
Both sides agreed to reactivate the Thai-China Joint Commission that had been set up by Somkid when he was a deputy prime minister and Madame Wu Yi when she was the vice premier of China. 
The two nations also discussed China’s interest in helping with the NCPO’s 11 areas of national revival.
The Chinese leaders affirmed to Somkid that Beijing respects the Thai people’s decision on an appropriate political course of action and the recent coup has not affected bonds between the two countries.
Both sides agreed to follow up on the measures collaborated upon during the state visit to Thailand by Chinese PM Li Keqiang in October.

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