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1st Ld-Writethru: Chinese President meets Thai PM, calls for deepening bilateral links(06/26/09)

BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday.

Hu called Thailand a reliable friend and good partner of China in Southeast Asia. He said China placed great importance on its relations with Thailand and was ready to deepen bilateral links.

Noting that the two countries would mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic links in 2010, Hu said he hoped the concept of "Jeen Thai Phee Nong Gan"(Chinese and Thais are brothers) would take deeper root in the hearts of the two peoples.

Hu said China and Thailand were friendly and close neighbors as friendship between the two peoples went back many centuries.

Since they established diplomatic links, relations had withstood the tests of the ever-changing international situation and the transformation of internal conditions.

Hu said relations were an example of countries treating each other as equals, cooperating for mutual benefit and coexisting in harmony despite different social systems.

Abhisit said the Thai people cherished the traditional friendship and appreciated the development achievements of China.

He said Thailand was ready to further advance friendly relations.

Abhisit thanked the Chinese government for its stance on opposing trade protectionism and focusing on safeguarding the interests of developing countries during the world economic downturn.

Abhisit said he wanted to strengthen cooperation with China in economy, trade, investment, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure and expand cultural exchanges.

Abhisit said Thailand was ready to collaborate with China on advancing cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

Abhisit had maintained the tradition of Sino-Thai friendship and attached great importance to ties with China, said Hu.

"Mr. Prime Minister and Premier Wen Jiabao conducted very good talks on Wednesday and reached consensus on a series of major issues and signed new cooperative documents," Hu said.

Abhisit said he was heading a large delegation, including government officials and business leaders, which embodied the firm determination of Thailand to develop friendship. 

Abhisit arrived in Beijing Wednesday for his first official visit to China since he took office in December last year.


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