Thailand, China affirm strong ties

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Bangkok – Thailand and China have affirmed their strong relationship following a meeting between the Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the Chinese Communist Party’s Minister of the International Department, Song Tao.

Gen. Prayut welcomed the Chinese minister along with his delegation to Government House in Bangkok this week. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank China for devoting importance to relations with Thailand and congratulated the diplomat on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The Prime Minister also acknowledged that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be bestowing the Order of Rajamitrabhorn upon the President of China, Xi Jinping, to mark the long standing ties between the two countries.

The two confirmed continued cooperation in the political, economic and tourism realms and readiness to continue exchanges in the areas of education, technology and science.

The Chinese delegation commended Thailand on its chairing of ASEAN this year, and stated its support for the kingdom at every level.

The Thai leader asked that China give its support to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, aimed at being finalized this year.