Chinese envoy confident NCPO will improve Thai-Chinese economic ties


BANGKOK, June 26 — The Chinese ambassador to Thailand has voiced his confidence that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will improve Thailand’s economic relations with Beijing.

Air Force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said Chinese ambassador Ning Fukui called on Air Force chief/deputy NCPO chief Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong at Air Force headquarters yesterday.

Air Marshal Monthon said that the ambassador expressed his understanding of the situation in Thailand and said that past situations had seriously affected Thai-Chinese economic relations, but relations and confidence were improving now as the NCPO had implemented economic stimulation measures in the past month.

Ambassador Ning Fukui expected Thai-Chinese economic cooperation would grow from now on.

The ambassador commented that Thailand had the potential to be the center of ASEAN. In addition, Chinese investors will return to Thailand in the near future as the countries had had close connections for a long time.

“The Chinese ambassador said with the leadership of Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and the NCPO, and ACM Prajin, Thai-Chinese trade that was stalled would recover soon and China would focus on investment and trade with Thailand to boost Thai-Chinese relations,” AM Monthon said.

ACM Prajin explained the Peace and Order Council’s solutions to national problems would show results soon and promised that the council would take good care of foreigners and foreign investors.

The air force chief encouraged Chinese tourists to continue to visit Thailand as in the past.