Chinese premier coming to Thailand to enhance bilateral relationship

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BANGKOK, Oct 10 – Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will pay an official visit to Thailand October 11-13 to discuss long-term development of the two countries’ bilateral relationship, the Foreign Ministry announced.

Rommanee Kananurak, East Asia Department deputy director general, said Mr Li Keqiang will meet with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra to discuss ways to enhance the Thailand-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership by strengthening close cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

As Thailand is the current country coordinator for ASEAN-China relations, the two leaders are expected to discuss the promotion of an ASEAN-China strategic partnership.

Several bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding will be signed covering the areas of investment, infrastructure cooperation, science and technology, energy, marine cooperation, education and culture, said Ms Rommanee.

The Chinese leader will have an audience with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and visit an agricultural One Tambon One Product (OTOP) project in the northern province of Chiang Mai.