China's Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-ping, visiting Thailand for the first time, held two hours of talks with Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanand on Monday (6 November).
China's Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-ping, visiting Thailand for the first time, held two hours of talks with Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanand on Monday (6 November). Mr. Teng arrived in Bangkok on Sunday (5 November) to a rousing welcome, but set a moderate tone for the visit in a written statement issued to reporters which said the purpose of the trip was to strengthen and develop traditional friendship between the two nations.
SYNOPSIS: The two leaders held formal talks at Government house in Bangkok. Mr. Teng signed the guest book before spending about two hours with General Kriangsak. Thai Foreign Minister Upadit Pachariyangkun announced at the end of Mr. Teng's visit on Thursday (9 November) the two countries will sign three agreements, two on trade and one on technical assistance. Thailand is the first leg of a three country tour by the Chinese delegation, which includes Malaysia and Singapore.
The talks between the two leaders emphasised the situation in Indochina. General Kriangsak also expressed satisfaction at an earlier meeting between Thai and Chinese officials, who reached agreement to establish a joint trade committee and to set trade targets for 1979. Discussions included the newly-singed Soviet-Vietnamese treaty of friendship and co-operation, and the effect it might have on South-east Asia.
Mr. Teng and General Kriangsak were joined for closed door talks by their Foreign Minister, Huang Hua and Mr. Pachariyangkun. Mr. Teng outlined China's latest views on developments in neighbouring Indo-Chinese countries, particularly the border war between Cambodian and Vietnam and the growing confrontation between Vietnam and China.