Li calls for "new development" of China-Thailand tiesUpdated: 2013-10-12 03:23
BANGKOK - Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday called for new development in the China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to benefit the two peoples.
Li made the remarks during a meeting with Thailand's parliament leaders, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Somsak Kiatsuranont, who is also president of the National Assembly, and President of the Senate Nikom Wairatpanij, who is also vice present of the National Assembly, as well as opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, as well as business leaders.
China and Thailand, said the Chinese premier, are not only friendly neighbors, but also good relatives and good brothers.
At present, China-Thailand ties have entered a "fast lane" of comprehensive and sound development, with practical cooperation in all fields witnessing steady progress, Li said.
"China is ready to work with Thailand to push for new development of their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and allow the people of both nations to share the opportunities brought by each other's development," said Li.
The Chinese premier spoke highly of Thai parliament's contribution to promoting bilateral relations, and expressed hope that the two countries' legislatures would strengthen exchanges and cooperation to contribute to national development and regional stability and prosperity.
Thai parliament leaders welcomed Li's visit, saying friendship between the two countries are deeply rooted in the people.
Li's current visit will lift bilateral ties to a new level, they said, adding that the Thai parliament is ready to enhance communication and cooperation with Beijing to play an active role in promoting bilateral ties.
China and Thailand forged diplomatic relations in 1975 and the agreed to lift ties to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in 2012.
Li arrived here earlier from Brunei after attending a series of meetings with East Asian leaders and paying an official visit to the country.
After his official visit to Thailand, the Chinese premier will travel on to Vietnam on his first trip to Southeast Asia since taking office in March.