Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chinese President calls for strengthening relations with Thailand

Chinese President Hu Jintao said Wednesday that China and Thailand would continue to strengthen friendly exchanges at all levels, as well as friendship and mutual trust.

It is well expressed in a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with the Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra Yingluck, currently visiting China.

He said since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 37 years ago, China and Thailand had always supported each other despite changes in international situation and their own national conditions.

Noting that bilateral relations are developing smoothly, Chinese President said that the Sino-Thai had become the consensus of the leaders of both countries and the common aspiration of various sectors of their society.

Hu, noting that the two countries agreed to raise their bilateral relationship in the level of comprehensive partnership of strategic cooperation during the first visit to China Yingluck Shinawatra as Prime Minister of Thailand, called on both parties to seize this opportunity to deepen friendly relations.

The two countries should further expand trade and mutual investment to achieve ahead of schedule the goal of increasing trade in both directions to 100 billion dollars a year, suggested Hu, which urged both parties to observe the guidelines of the joint action plan recently signed strategic cooperation and the five-year plan for strengthening trade and economic cooperation.

He added that both sides should continue to advance cooperation on defense and policing, to jointly combat terrorism and transnational crimes and creating a healthy environment for the development of their countries and other countries in the region.

He called on both countries to expand and deepen cultural exchanges between the two peoples and to inject new vigor into the Sino-Thai.