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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Exchange Congratulatory Messages on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People's Republic of China and the Kingdom of Thailand

On 1 July, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand.

Li said in his message that China and Thailand are close and friendly neighbors. Since the establishment of diplomatic relationship 45 years ago, the bilateral relations have been developing smoothly with pragmatic cooperation in various fields, which has not only substantially benefited peoples of our two countries and provided a demonstration effect for promoting the relationship between China and ASEAN countries. He said this year, with mutual assistance in combating COVID-19, traditional friendship as China and Thailand are one family has further deepened and that the Chinese side attaches great importance to developing the relations with Thailand, willing to work with the Thai side to strengthen cooperation on fighting COVID-19, promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and making contributions to the economic recovery and sustainable development of China, Thailand and ASEAN.

For his part, Prayut said looking back on the journey of friendship and cooperation between Thailand and China, it is distinguishing that the two countries have shared many precious memories and weathered difficult periods together, which has forged a close and deep connection between Thailand and China, aptly described by the Chinese saying " Zhong-Tai Yi Jia Qin". He said as the two countries advance towards the next decades of relations amid global uncertainties, including the current COVID-19 situation and the fluid international landscape, it is even more imperative for Thailand and China to join hands in the spirit of friendship and solidarity to address challenges. He reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of the Royal Thai Government to working closely with the Chinese Government towards elevating the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership to new heights and frontiers.

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