- Title: Chinese foreign minister discusses trade, regional issues in Thailand
- Date: 24th July 2017
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (JULY 24, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF GOVERNMENT COMPLEX THAI PRIME MINISTER PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA GREETING WANG CAMERAMAN FILMING WANG AND PRAYUTH SHAKING HANDS / WALKING TO MEETING ROOM WANG AND PRAYUTH SITTING DOWN WANG AND PRAYUTH SEATED THAI DELEGATES SEATED CHINESE DELEGATES SEATED PRAYUTH AND WANG IN MEETING
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- Keywords: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha China-Thai relations Thai foreign minister in China China-Thailand relations
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026R2T6IT
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China hopes to strengthen cooperation with Thailand through a key railway project that is expected to link the industrial eastern seaboard with southern China through landlocked Laos as part of a regional infrastructure drive by Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday (July 24).
Thailand's cabinet on July 11 approved construction of the first phase of the $5.5-billion railway project, which has been beset by delays, including negotiations on loan terms, under the push of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who heads the Thai ruling junta. The link forms part of Beijing's regional infrastructure drive to connect Chinese cities with Southeast Asia, including Thailand's industrial zones and its eastern deep sea port.
Some analysts see the project as a centerpiece of China-Thailand relations which appear to have deepened following a 2014 coup by the Thai army.
Wang on Monday met his Thai counterpart Don Pramuwinai and Prayuth in the capital Bangkok, discussing a range of international and regional issues, from bilateral relations and economic cooperation to infiltration of Islamic militants in the region and the South China Sea.
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