China and Thailand promote ties to a higher level

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  1. cir

    cir Senior Member Senior Member

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    China and Thailand signed a series of deals on Tuesday, covering, among other sectors, agriculture and transport and elevated relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

    Calling Thailand "a trusted friend and partner", Premier Wen Jiabao said deciding to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership carried great significance for the peaceful development of the two countries and East Asia.

    Wen made the remarks during a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is on her first official visit to China after taking office in August.

    The three-day trip was initially planned for November but was postponed because of severe flooding in Thailand.

    Wen said China will continue to help the post-disaster reconstruction.

    He also urged both nations to promote trade and investment cooperation, increase trade in local currencies, and reach the $100 billion trade target by 2015.

    Rail links, to boost the transport network between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, telecoms, science and culture, should also see enhanced cooperation, Wen said.

    The signed agreements covered economics, trade, agriculture, flood control and drought relief and rail construction.

    Guan Mu, China’s ambassador to Thailand, said earlier that Thailand plans to buy 800,000 computer tablets from China, according to The Nation, a Bangkok-based English-language daily newspaper.

    Guan said both countries are discussing investments in several high-speed rail lines in Thailand.

    "In the next 10 to 15 years, Thailand will have road and rail connectivity with neighboring countries. It will totally change the country and greatly benefit Thailand," Guan was quoted as saying.

    Yingluck thanked China for its help and support to Thailand in fighting floods, disaster relief and reconstruction.

    China offered emergency humanitarian aid to Thailand during last year’s flood, which included $1 million in cash remittances and $1.57 million worth of relief materials, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

    Thailand is ready to increase strategic communication with China and boost communication and cooperation in all areas, Yingluck said.

    Thailand will complete judicial procedures concerning the killings of Chinese sailors on the Mekong River as soon as possible, and severely punish the criminals according to the law, she said.

    Nine Thai soldiers are being held on suspicion of killing the Chinese sailors on the river in October.

    China and Thailand, as well as Myanmar and Laos are patrolling the river following the incident.

    Yingluck also said Thailand is ready to play an active role in promoting ASEAN-China cooperation and safeguarding peace and stability on the South China Sea.

    Analysts said better Sino-Thai ties will not only benefit the two countries, but also Southeast Asia.

    Zhou Fangye, an expert on Thai studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said it’s no surprise that the two countries elevated ties to the comprehensive partnership as they have cooperated in a number of areas.

    Zhang Xuegang, an expert on Southeast Asian studies with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said Yingluck’s visit will boost ties and help prevent the ties being affected by changes in Thailand’s political situation.

    Zhang said the joint patrol on the Mekong River also needs to be expanded and include more countries, such as Cambodia.

    Heading a 50-strong business delegation, Yingluck will meet Chinese and Thai businessmen on Wednesday.

    She is due to meet President Hu Jintao on Wednesday.

    She is also scheduled to visit China’s flood control and drought relief headquarters on Thursday before heading to the port city of Tianjin.

    China is Thailand’s largest export market and second-largest source of imports.

    Chinese statistics show that trade hit $64.7 billion in 2011.

    China and Thailand promote ties to a higher level - The Nation
     
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  3. trackwhack

    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Desperately searching for friends? What happened to beggistan? :lol:
     
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    SADAKHUSH Senior Member Senior Member

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    Beggistan is trying to win over Yankees. They (Chini)have already withdrawn from two major projects ($19 Billion Mine and oil pipeline). Chini cannot afford to have liability on their books.
     
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    Good to know China and Thailand are proceeding with the HSR plan.

    By the way, Thailand certainly gets a very beautiful female PM.
     
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    I wonder what the Thai royalists and the military establishment are thinking now, another coup in the making? This overtures to China is nothing but expected from Taksin's camp as the US has firmly put its stake on the King, the military and the (defeated) yellow camp. I seriously doubt though if this Chinese overtures is going to bear strategic closeness to China. If any this is a passing measure brought by a political clan (albeit winner) that is lashing out at existing political and military establishment who have repressed it. The next administration holds the key...
     
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    Would it be surprising if u know Thai Royalty has close ties with China?? regardless of political reshuffling again and again... Try googling Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
     
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    Really? Oh, almost all Thais have ties with China, just look at their eyes, they look exactly like Chinese eyes! What I meant is political ties. Your Taiwanese cousins (or brothers, whatever you call them) have more ties with you than these Thais. Besides, what took this princessly "ties" so long to materialise into concrete political statements... (why did it wait for a new girl, I mean Prime Minister)?
     
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    So u think Thai Royalty's interactions with China is non political??? emmm, eyes, intersting observation
     
  10. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Good thing.

    Keeps the Wolf at bay!

    Thailand also has a history of Han expansion?

    As to strategic relationship, I do wonder if the annual US - Thailand Military exercise has been stopped forever!
     
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    Thailand to deepen Economic cooperation with China

    Thailand to deepen Economic cooperation with China - China, Headline - Thailand Business News

    Both leaders also agreed to target development of Sino-Thai economic cooperation, including increasing trade by 20 per cent annually, raising investment by 15 per cent in the next five years and tourism by 20 per cent in the next five years.

    The Thai premier invited Chinese investors to invest in the kingdom in natural rubber, auto parts, biofuel and wind energy, as well as proposing that both countries develop the ecotourism industry.

    Ms Yingluck invited the Chinese premier to attend the World Economic Forum scheduled to be held in Bangkok May 30 through June1. The Thai prime minister is scheduled to attend a state welcome dinner hosted by the Chinese government tonight. MCOT online news
     
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    tony4562 Tihar Jail Banned

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    She is chinese, so is virtually every other thai prime minister.
     
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    Over $2b China investment expected: Thai Industry Minister

    Updated: 2012-04-20 09:35(Xinhua)

    BANGKOK - A recent roadshow of Thailand to China, during the Thai premier's official trip, is expected to lead to investment in Thailand of over $2.1 billion, the Board of Investment (BoI) under Thailand's Ministry of Industry said on Thursday.

    Following the roadshow, it is expected that five large Chinese companies in automotive, machinery, food flavoring and real estate industries are soon to confirm their plans to make over $2.1 billion investment in Thailand.

    At the same time, leading Thai businesses have signed business partnership agreement with Chinese partners, which will potentially lead to almost $2.36 billion investment in total, said Industry Minister Pongsvas Svasti.

    The roadshow, held by the Thai government, took place in Beijing form April 17-20. It was part of the mission of the first official visit of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to China, during April 17-19, to foster Sino-Thai investments.

    "Some of those companies have already decided to invest in Thailand. We expect to receive confirmation soon. Other companies are still studying the information, and we are strongly confident that Thailand can be their preferred investment destination." the minister said as quoted in a BoI press release.
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    Over $2b China investment expected: Thai Industry Minister|Economy|chinadaily.com.cn
     

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