Beijing, 21 August 2023 (TDI): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a productive meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on 19 August in Beijing.

The discussions centred on strengthening bilateral relations and advancing cooperation between the two countries.

Throughout the meeting, Minister Wang underlined the resilience of bilateral ties, emphasizing that the development of the relationship will remain unaffected by changes in international or domestic situations.

In addition, Minister Wang expressed confidence in Thailand’s commitment to stability and sustained growth.

Moreover, Minister Wang conveyed China’s readiness to deepen collaboration across various sectors with Thailand.

He encouraged the expedited construction of the China-Thailand railway and the connection lines for the China-Laos-Thailand railway.

Furthermore, he called for joint efforts to combat transnational criminal activities, including telecom fraud.

Shifting the focus to regional concerns, Minister Wang expressed China’s willingness to work closely with ASEAN nations to accelerate consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

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He emphasized the importance of forming effective and substantive regional rules to establish the South China Sea as a zone of peace, friendship, and cooperation.

Minister Wang also cautioned against external forces inciting confrontation and a Cold War mentality, which could jeopardize the hard-earned peace and stability in the region.

In response, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai highlighted the significance of intensified dialogue and exchanges with China.

He expressed Thailand’s commitment to deepening mutually beneficial cooperation across diverse fields and advancing the China-Laos-Thailand railway connection.

Amid the rising international and regional uncertainties, Deputy Prime Minister Don Pramudwinai underscored the shared goal of common development.