Wang Yi Holds Talks with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, April 6, 2022

On April 2, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Tunxi, Anhui Province.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Thailand. Standing at a new starting point, the two sides should make coordinated efforts to plan comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries in the next decade and jointly write a new chapter of the "one family" fraternity.

Wang Yi said, China is ready to advance all-round cooperation with Thailand, so that China-Thailand cooperation can be at the forefront of regional cooperation. Both sides should step up consultations on the Belt and Road cooperation plan guidelines and the joint action plan, and advance the construction of China-Thailand Railway at a faster pace to connect it northward with China-Laos Railway and explore connecting it southward with Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Railway, so as to help link up the middle line of the pan-Asia railway network completely. The two sides should take the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as an opportunity to tap the potential of economic and trade cooperation, and expand cooperation in electronic technology, digital economy, new energy and other fields. China supports Chinese enterprises in actively participating in the construction of key projects in Thailand. Efforts should be made to give full play to the demonstration effect of the China-Thailand Rayong Industrial Park and explore conducting pilot and demonstration projects in Thailand with regard to initiatives such as China-ASEAN parks of international industrial capacity cooperation and green industrial parks. Efforts should be made to speed up cooperation in vaccine filling, packaging and production, as well as anti-pandemic drug research and development.

Don happily recalled his first visit to China when Thailand and China established diplomatic relations in 1975, saying that Thailand cherishes the traditional friendship between the two countries and is ready to work with China to pass on the Thailand-China friendship from generation to generation. Thailand attaches great importance to the implementation of the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, and stands ready to foster high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with China and actively participate in the Global Development Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. Thailand hopes to expand cooperation in agricultural trade and connectivity, guarantee the security of industrial and supply chains, and deepen cooperation in sustainable development. Don thanked China for providing convenience for Thai enterprises to invest in China.

The two sides agreed to take solid steps to push forward the China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership and deepen pragmatic cooperation under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) mechanism. Wang Yi said, China welcomes and supports the fact that Thailand will once again take over the co-chair of the LMC mechanism.

The two sides have in-depth communication on strengthening multilateral coordination. Wang Yi said, the current international situation is fraught with chaos and conflicts. World peace and development, the theme of the times, need to be defended urgently, and the stability and prosperity of Asia need to be cared for. China, Thailand and Indonesia will host three important meetings with global influence this year, namely the BRICS Summit, APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and the Group of Twenty Summit. China is ready to strengthen coordination with the two countries, pool more consensus, inject more positive energy and stability into the world, and jointly send a strong voice that Asian countries are committed to peace and development.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukraine issue, among others. Wang Yi introduced the important opinions delivered by President Xi Jinping to European Union leaders on solving the Ukraine crisis on April 1, stressing that Asian countries should maintain peace and stability in the region, jointly resist unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction that have no basis in international law, and prevent attempts to create tensions and replicate crises in the region. Don appreciates and understands China's objective and fair position on the Ukraine issue.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Myanmar issue.