|Wang Yi Meets with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai|
On January 23, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Beijing.
Wang Yi said, China-Thailand relations face new opportunities as this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Thai side to well implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and elevate China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to new highs.
Wang Yi stressed, the South China Sea issue concerns China’s sovereign rights and interests. Meanwhile, the Chinese side stands ready to manage and control differences with countries concerned in the South China Sea through bilateral dialogue to enhance mutual trust and promote cooperation. All parties should continue to abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and refrain from unilateral actions. China and countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) should also accelerate consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.
Don Pramudwinai wished the Chinese people a happy Spring Festival, saying that high-level exchanges between Thailand and China are close, with constantly deepened cooperation in various fields. The Thai side is willing to work with the Chinese side to promote greater development in ASEAN-China relations. It is hoped that the COC consultations will be accelerated, and it is believed that countries in the region are able to control the situation in the South China Sea and make it a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.
The two sides also exchanged views on the drought emergency in the Mekong River basin, and agreed to strengthen Lancang-Mekong water resources cooperation to increase the well-being of the people lived along the banks of the rivers.