President Xi Jinping Speaks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the Phone

On 14 July, President Xi Jinping had a phone call with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Xi pointed out that China and Thailand have supported each other in fighting COVID-19, demonstrating that they are "as close as one family". With the virus still ravaging many parts of the world, both countries need to prevent case importation and domestic resurgence. China is ready to work with Thailand to increase experience sharing, balanceCOVID-19 response and economic development, and resume economic interactions under the new normal of the pandemic without compromising safety and public health.

Committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind, China will work with Thailand and the rest of the world to support WHO in doing its job more effectively, promote international cooperation against the pandemic, step up collaboration on the research and development (R&D) of drugs and vaccines, and contribute to global public health.

Xi highlighted the strong foundation and potential of China-Thailand relations. The two countries have advanced practical cooperation despite COVID-19, realizing rising two-way trade and smooth progress in building the China-Thailand railway.

Xi called on the two sides to seek greater complementarity between the Belt and Road Initiative and Thailand's development strategies such as Thailand 4.0 and the Eastern Economic Corridor, and to advance cooperation in e-commerce and other new fields. All this will help strengthen the China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Xi also expressed China's readiness to work with Thailand for greater unity and cooperation and sustained development and prosperity in the region.

Prayut commended the strong mutual support between Thailand and China in fighting COVID-19, a strong testament to the close ties between the two countries. Thailand applauds the Chinese government's strong leadership and people-centered approach in fighting COVID-19. It appreciates China's pledge to make its COVID-19 vaccine a global public good, and looks forward to greater cooperation with China in the R&D of COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.

Prayut reaffirmed Thailand's one-China policy and firm support for China's efforts to defend its core interests. In the context of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Thailand is keen to deepen bilateral friendship with China, enhance their cooperation on trade, innovation, poverty reduction and the Belt and Road Initiative, with a view to upgrading the comprehensive strategic partnership. Prayut also expressed Thailand's readiness to work with China to safeguard regional peace and stability and build a community with a shared future for mankind.

Prayut extended sympathies over the flooding in southern China, to which Xi expressed appreciation.

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