|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai|
On October 15, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok.
Wang Yi said, China and Thailand are brothers and also friendly neighbors. Facing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have seen their relations display great tenacity and huge potential in strengthening cooperation to overcome the difficulties. In July, President Xi had a phone call with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and reached important consensus on further strengthening solidarity and cooperation, which has provided the strategic guidance for and injected strong impetus into the development of bilateral ties. The Chinese side is willing to join hands with the Thai side to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, seek new ideas and key points in the cooperation against the backdrop of regular epidemic prevention and control, and push for greater progress of bilateral ties in post-COVID-19 era, so as to better benefit the two peoples and inject more positive energy into regional stability and development.
Wang Yi said, China is ready to work with Thailand to enhance anti-epidemic collaboration, conduct cooperation on vaccine and medicine research and development, with Thailand's needs concerning technology transfer, production, packaging or purchase taken into account, establish the "fast lane" for personnel exchanges and the "green lane" for logistics, and boost networked regional passages. The two sides should actively advance the joint construction of the Belt and Road and speed up the building of the China-Thailand high-speed railway for an early connection to the China-Laos Railway in order to improve regional interconnectivity. China supports the development of Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor, and is willing to promote its synergy with south China's Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, encourage Chinese enterprises to take part in the related projects, and expand production capacity cooperation, setting a model for mutually beneficial cooperation with win-win results. The two sides also should strengthen high-tech cooperation, such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing, to foster and facilitate the growth of emerging industries.
Wang Yi pointed out that China is willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, including Thailand, to make sure signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) within this year, cooperate on digital economy and the blue economy, well prepare for the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations next year and push East Asia Cooperation to a new level in the post-epidemic period. The two sides should well implement the results achieved at the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting, push forward the synergy of the LMC and the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, and make the LMC and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) to complement each other. China is willing to work with the Thai side to strengthen communication and coordination on multilateral affairs, uphold multilateralism, safeguard the authority of the United Nations, improve global governance, and jointly maintain peace, stability, equality and justice of the international society, as well as the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.
Don said, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and China. The two sides have overcome adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintained communication and exchanges and further deepened cooperation in all fields. The Thai side appreciates China's commitment to make its COVID-19 vaccine a global public good and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China on vaccine development and open the "fast lane" to facilitate personnel exchanges at an early date. Thailand is steadily pushing forward the construction of the Thailand-China high-speed rail and supports the connection between the Thailand-China high-speed rail and the China-Laos Railway. Thailand hopes that China would continue supporting the construction of the country's Eastern Economic Corridor and enhance the cooperation in the fields of innovation and sustainable development. Thailand is ready to strengthen coordination with China in regional and international affairs, advance the development of relations between ASEAN and China, and promote international solidarity to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the global economy.
The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.
After the talks, the two sides jointly signed relevant cooperation documents.