Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is now on an official visit to Nanning, capital of southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, to attend the opening ceremony of the 10th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, which opens today and continues through Friday.
Ms Yingluck met for talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Thai government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi said the two leaders agreed to boost their countries' strategic partnership and meet with each other at all levels.
On this occasion, he said, the Chinese premier accepted Ms Yingluck's invitation to officially visit Thailand.
As China is Thailand's biggest export destination, Mr Teerat said the two countries vowed to increase their trade volume to US$100 billion by 2015.
He said the Chinese prime minister said China will buy one million tonnes of rice from Thailand and concerned agencies will later discuss about the details of the agreement.
Mr Li also expressed interest in investment in rubber processing in Thailand's so-called 'Rubber City', as well as high-speed railway construction to help elevate the quality of life for the Thai people.
The Thai premier said Thailand is investing Bt2 trillion in infrastructure development including high speed train construction by 2020 which could link Thailand to China via the Lao PDR.
She said the three countries should urgently discuss joint development of rail links which will benefit both Chinese and ASEAN citizens.
Ms Yingluck praised the China-ASEAN Expo as symbolic of the growth of China-ASEAN relations, with about US$2 billion of trade taking place during the previous expo.
She said hundreds of Thai entrepreneurs have joined this year's expo, one of the most active participants among other ASEAN nations.
Ms Yingluck also pledged to her Chinese counterpart that Thailand, as country coordinator of China-ASEAN, will do its best to bring trust and close ties between both sides.