Thailand and China have agreed to forge closer cooperation in many areas, as the countries set their sights on increasing bilateral trade, investment and tourism.
The visiting Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, Li Xi, discussed the matter with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha when calling on the Premier at Government House on Monday.
Both sides agreed to enhance Thai-Guangdong trade, with a target of US$140 billion (Bt4.38 trillion) of annual bilateral commerce by 2021, Deputy Government Spokesman Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said. They also talked about further cooperation in a number of other areas, including education, science, innovation and technology, he said.
Li, who is also a member of the Communist Party’s central Politbureau, praised Prayut for strengthening relations between Thailand and China during the five years of his premiership.
Prayut emphasised the Thai government’s intention to strengthen cooperation with China. Earlier, Li and his delegation held a discussion with Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak about the two nations’ relationship and cooperation.
The objectives of the meeting were to negotiate about business linkage between the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and the development of bilateral ties.
Li said President Xi Jinping’s concept of socialism was based on people and emphasised innovation, balance, environmental well-being, liberalisation and sharing. Guangdong province aims to develop the GBA into a world-class city cluster and centre of technology innovation, Li said.
Thailand and Guangdong province have many similarities in matters such as culture, geography and society, he added. “We are willing to share our development opportunities about the GBA and support the EEC strategy. Our cooperation is to fulfil our countries’ interests,” Li stressed.
“Thailand has had a long, trustful relationship with China, and we are willing to cooperate further with China,” Somkid said.