- Title: Chinese foreign minister discusses trade, regional issues in Thailand
- Date: 24th July 2017
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (JULY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CHINESE AND THAI FLAGS IN FRONT OF THAI FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING THAI FOREIGN MINISTER DON PRAMUDWINAI GREETING CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI AND WALKING INTO MEETING ROOM CAMERAMEN FILMING WANG AND DON SITTING DOWN WANG LISTENING TO DON'S OPENING SPEECH DON SPEAKING WANG LISTENING MEETING IN PROGRESS WANG LISTENING CAMERAMEN FILMING/MEETING IN PROGRESS CHINESE AND THAI FLAGS WANG AND DON WALKING TO NEWS CONFERENCE WANG AND DON STANDING AT PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER, WANG YI, SAYING: "Firstly, we need to strengthen cooperation on railway projects between Thailand and China and aim to start construction in the near future, helping Thailand link up to the wider market in China, and become the centre for connections in the region (and in China). Secondly, (China) will actively participate in the construction of the Eastern Economic Corridor in Thailand, helping Thailand to upgrade and transform its economy while establishing a new platform for the cooperation of 'One Belt One Road'." CAMERAS FILMING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER, WANG YI, SAYING: "We would like to conclude RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) discussions as soon as possible, and realise the goal of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Thirdly, (we would like to) maintain stability in the South China Sea, by abiding by the terms that have been agreed on in the DoC (Declaration on the Conduct) and concluding the CoC (Code of Conduct) in the near future."
- Embargoed: 7th August 2017 08:14
- 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: LVA0016R2T6IT
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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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