11 July 2024

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will fly to Beijing early next month for a three-day official visit, a highly placed source said yesterday (Sunday).

China will be the first country Srettha will visit after his maiden appearance at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. During his trip to the US, he will attend several bilateral meetings on the side lines between Sept 19 and 22. He is scheduled to deliver a speech at the UNGA on September 22.

The source said that, after his UNGA trip, the prime minister will visit China from Oct 8 to Oct 10, to hold bilateral talks to strengthen Thai-China relations. He will also attend the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Belt and Road Initiatives.

Thailand and China have enjoyed excellent diplomatic relations since their establishment in 1975. Bilateral trade between the two countries during the first 10 months of this year amounted to 3.06 trillion baht, up by 14.07% compared to the same period last year. Over the same period, Thailand’s exports to China reached 996 billion baht, up 2.82%, while imports rose by 20.40% to 2.07 trillion baht.