Chinese premier visits Thailand on Tuesday


BANGKOK, Nov 20 — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits Thailand today and tomorrow as a guest of the government, at the invitation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.  

Premier Wen was scheduled to arrive at Don Mueang airport at 6.55pm on a trip marking his first official visit to Thailand.

During his stay in Thailand, Mr Wen will be granted an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital tomorrow.

Ms Yingluck will welcome Mr Wen at Government House before meeting to discuss enhancing Thai-Chinese relations and cooperation as earlier agreed in the “Joint Statement between China and Thailand on Establishing a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership”, announced during Ms Yingluck’s official visit to China in April 2012.

They will also discuss global and regional issues of common interest.

Mr Wen and Ms Yingluck will witness the signing of bilateral pacts, including the Agreement on Educational Cooperation and exchanging the Instruments of Ratification of the Treaty on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

The two leaders will hold a joint press conference.

The Chinese premier and the Thai leader will also attend the opening ceremony of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Thailand at the Thai CC Tower.

Premier Wen will also pay a courtesy call on Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Air Chief Marshal Siddhi Savetsila and Gen Surayud Chulanont, Privy Councilors, at the Privy Council Chambers.

The visit by the Chinese premier will further strengthen bilateral relations between Thailand and China and further enhance bilateral cooperation in all aspects under the framework of the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership between Thailand and China.