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Hu Jintao Meets with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

In the afternoon of April 18, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said that China and Thailand always trust and help each other no matter how the international and our domestic situation changes and the bilateral ties have developed healthily and steadily since the two countries established diplomatic ties 37 years ago. China-Thailand friendship has become the consensus of leaders of both countries and the common aspirations of all sectors of the society.

He noted that China and Thailand should take the opportunity of building the all-round strategic cooperative partnership to strengthen friendly exchanges at all levels and enhance political mutual trust and good-neighborly friendship. The two sides should further expand the bilateral trade and mutual investment under the guidance of the second joint action plan for strategic cooperation and the five-year development plan of economic and trade cooperation and make concerted efforts to achieve the new target of bilateral trade in advance. They should continue to push foward cooperation on defense security and law enforcement, jointly combat terrorism and transnational crimes and create a good environment for their own growth and the growth of other regional countries. Joint efforts should be made to expand the bilateral cultural exchanges and make the traditional friendship between the two countries embrace new vitality. Cooperation in regional and international affairs should be stepped up to promote world peace and development. China is willing to deepen the political mutual trust and win-win cooperation with ASEAN and push forward China-ASEAN cooperation and East Asian cooperation.

Yingluck expressed deep appreciation for China's valuable support and cooperation over the years and timely assistance during the flood disaster in Thailand last year. Her visit to China aims at reaching important consensus with Chinese leaders on enhancing the bilateral relations. The signing of the second joint action plan for strategic cooperation makes clear the future direction of bilateral cooperation. Thailand is committed to promoting the progress of the all-round strategic cooperative partnership with China and expects to strengthen the high-level and inter-party exchanges, broaden bilateral cooperation on economy and trade, investment, environmental protection and energy and expand tourism, educational and cultural exchanges. Thailand attaches great importance to and admires China's important role in Asia and is ready to make greater contributions to boosting ASEAN-China friendly cooperation and promoting regional peace, stability and development.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also attended the meeting.

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