- Title: China's Wang to meet Pompeo following U.S.-China trade talks
- Date: 31st July 2019
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (JULY 31, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI AND THAI FOREIGN MINISTER DON PRAMUDWINAI WALKING TO PODIUM FOR JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER, WANG YI, SAYING: "The two countries (U.S. and China) need to sit down face-to-face to communicate so that we can find a way to solve the problem. China and U.S. not only have problems, we also have cooperation. Tomorrow I have a plan to meet secretary (Mike) Pompeo. This is an important chance for us to communicate directly. I hope that both of us can have straightforward talks with constructive attitude in order to exchange views comprehensively and consider all factors to tackle the issue appropriately. We need to handle our disputes properly, we also need to discuss the cooperation positively so that we can work together to strengthen the relationship between China and U.S. based on stable cooperation and coordination." CHINESE AND THAI FLAGS ASEAN SIGN (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER, WANG YI, SAYING: "We are confident that if both sides have a respectful intention based on equality and consider the interests of each side, we will be able to reach an agreement that will not only benefit the U.S. and China but also other countries as well." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI FOREIGN MINISTER, DON PRAMUDWINAI, SAYING: "On the water management in the Mekong River issue, in the past two weeks, Thailand and the neighbouring countries around Mekong River intends to talk to China to address the lack of water flow. We want to make it beneficial to all sides." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER, WANG YI, SAYING: "We would like to tell our media friends that we also suffer from drought in China in Lancang (Mekong) River. But when Thailand asks for help to solve the drought problem in Thailand, we make a decision to release water down the stream even though China suffers from the drought this way. I would like to clarify that in the last few days, the amount of water that has flown down that river is more than the last few years to solve the problem in Thailand. China and Thailand are family, the concern of Thailand is also a concern of China, and the concern of China is also a concern of Thailand. So, we need to solve that properly, we need to increase the cooperation in upper and lower stream to achieve a common development and prosperity." WANG AND DON SHAKING HANDS AND LEAVING
- Embargoed: 14th August 2019 17:12
- Keywords: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi Mekong River U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo ASEAN regional forum in Bangkok
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AQ3Y0XZ
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- Story Text: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo on Thursday (August 1) to discuss trade.
Wang made the announcement hours after U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a brief round of trade talks in Shanghai that both sides described as "constructive."
Wang was speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of ASEAN regional forum in Bangkok.
Wang's bilateral talks with Thailand touched upon water management issues over the vast Mekong River, which starts in China and goes through Thailand and other neighbouring Southeast Asian countries.
In recent weeks, the Mekong River in Thailand has fallen further than anyone can remember and the only fish are tiny.
Scientists and people living along the river fear the impact of the worst drought in years has been exacerbated by upstream dams, raising the prospect of irreversible change on the river that supports one of Southeast Asia's most important rice-growing regions.
A Chinese promise to release more dam water to ease the crisis has only raised worries over the extent to which the river's natural cycles - and the communities that have depended on it for generations - have been forever disrupted.
In the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Phanom, where the now sluggish river forms the border with Laos, the measured depth of the Mekong fell below 1.5 meters this week. The average depth there for the same time of year is 8 meters.
The collapse in the water level is partly due to drought - with rainfall during the past 60 days more than 40 percent below normal for the time of year.
(Production: Artorn Pookasook, Jiraporn Kuhakan, Juarawee Kittisilpa, Vin Shahrestani)
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