China's top three leaders wee on hand on Wednesday (29 March) to welcome Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanad who arrived in Peking for an eight day official visit.
China's top three leaders wee on hand on Wednesday (29 March) to welcome Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanad who arrived in Peking for an eight day official visit. The trip is aimed at further strengthening cooperation between China and Thailand.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kriangsak told reporters as he has leaving that discussions with his Chinese counterparts would concentrate on international and regional problems and ways of increasing cooperation between their two countries. (SEQ 1-2)
Mr. Kriangsak took with him a team of several leading cabinet members including Foreign Minister Upadit Pachariyangkun.
The visit marks the first by a Thai leader since Mr. Kukrit Pramoj went to Peking to establish diplomatic relations in 1975, and the first in two years by a government leader from the non-communist Association of South East Asian Nations.
The sides are expected to sign agreements covering trade and technical exchanges.
Cooperation on tourism and the opening of an air link between Bangkok and Peking will also probably be discussed. Observers say that the Thai Premier may also include in his talks the delicate issue of the pro-Chinese Thai communist insurgents.
At a state dinner in Peking Wednesday night (29 March), Senior Vice Premier Teng Hsiao Ping, reaffirmed China's support for ASEAN. He said the grouping had steadily increased its activities and its role in the international arena.
In his reply, Mr. Kriangsak said there was a growing realisation among the countries of the region that peace and progress will be possible only when each of them exerts its effort on national development and cooperates with one another in order to prevent others from showing discord among them.
After three days of talks in Peking, the Thai delegation will leave for a tour of Shanghai, Canton, and Kweilin. (SEQ. 3-8)