(Yicai Global) Sept. 5 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in China's southeastern coastal city of Xiamen yesterday.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of a strategic cooperation action plan and bilateral collaboration documents for Belt and Road construction, railways and other areas, Cnr.cn reported.
China appreciates Thailand's active participation in the Belt and Road initiative and is willing to work with Thailand to implement the Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Promotion of the Belt and Road Construction and the next five years Strategic Cooperation Action Plan and to strengthen cooperation in areas of investment, railways, internet finance, the digital economy and e-commerce, Xi said.
The Chinese president called for more people-to-people exchanges, close interactions in tourism and local regions, and strengthened law enforcement and security especially in anti-terrorism operations.
The two countries should deepen coordination within the multilateral frameworks of the United Nations, the Asia Cooperation Dialogue and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and should make positive contributions to the maintenance of regional and world peace, stability and development, said Xi.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and next year will be the 15th anniversary of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership. China hopes that Thailand will exert its unique influence and push forward the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and China-ASEAN relations.
Thailand is ready to maintain high-level exchanges with China, to deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation, consolidate political mutual trust, expand economic and trade relations, promote mutual investment, increase personnel exchanges, and advance collaborative efforts in fields such as education, scientific research and infrastructure, Prayut said. Thailand supports and is willing to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and other important proposals to promote regional development.