21 May 2024

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed deepening economic and trade cooperation with Thailand and Singapore while continuing to jointly fight the pandemic with the two countries.

CGTN of China reported that Xi made the remarks in his separate talks on the phone with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Xi told the two leaders that China wants to share its experiences in fighting COVID-19 and enhance cooperation in R&D of drugs and vaccines as guided by the principle of “a community of shared destiny.”

According to CGTN, in his phone call with Prayut, Xi said that Sino-Thai relations have a deep foundation and great potential. The two countries have overcome the impact of the epidemic, continued to promote practical cooperation, and bilateral trade has also been growing, he said.

China is willing to work with Thailand to consolidate regional unity and cooperation and maintain the good momentum of regional development and prosperity, the Chinese president said.

Prayut said that the Thai side hopes to deepen Sino-Thai friendship and cooperation, strengthen cooperation in fields of economy, trade, innovation, and poverty alleviation, and promote the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative to enhance the level of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership as the two countries celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.

Prayut was also quoted as saying that Thailand firmly supports the one-China policy.

In his phone call with Lee, Xi congratulated him on the election victory, saying that he believes under Lee’s leadership, the Singaporean people will be able to overcome the epidemic very soon, and the economic and social vitality will restore.

Xi said that the two countries’ bilateral relations stand at a new starting point as this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore.

Xi noted that the two countries took the lead in establishing a “fast track” for necessary personnel exchanges. He said that China will continue to deepen reform and opening up, improve its business environment, hoping that Singapore will also provide good conditions for Chinese enterprises in future economic activities.