Thailand, China boost bilateral relations

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BEIJING, Nov 10 – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang vowed to implement a comprehensive to their bilateral relations.

They met yesterday as the Thai prime minister was in Beijing for the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit which opened yesterday and ends tomorrow.

Thai government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp quoted the Chinese prime minister as saying that Thailand and China had had profound and comprehensive relations.

The Chinese prime minister also expressed his understanding about situations in Thailand and support for Gen Prayut’s government.

Gen Prayut thanked his Chinese counterpart and emphasized his intention to promote Thai-Chinese ties in all dimensions.

In the talks, they agreed to promote connectivity between China and Southeast Asia including Thailand, cooperation on trade and investment — especially concerning farm products, and ties between the people of both countries, Mr Yongyuth said.

Yesterday Gen Prayut also met Yang Shu, president of Huawei Southeast Asia and discussed research and development, calls for foreign investors to employ Thai workers from labourer to executive levels and use local materials, small and medium enterprise roles in the supply chains of large companies, privileges for projects meeting demands in the Thai government sector and his policies to distribute industries to the provinces.

The spokesman said the Huawei Southeast Asia president expressed interest in the development of broadband internet and information infrastructures in Thailand and the use of Thailand as Huawei’s base for its business in Southeast Asia.