The Chinese government will maintain its friendship with Thailand despite changes in the international situation and the two countries'domestic situations.
China regarded Thailand as a close, trustworthy and cooperative friend, and respected the development path chosen by the Thai people, Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday afternoon while meeting with visiting Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.
Hu said the two countries had enjoyed a sound and deepening development of relations on the basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence since the establishment of diplomatic ties 32 years ago.
The China-Thailand friendship was a good example of China's harmonious and reciprocal relations with neighboring countries, Hu said.
The two countries were set to sign an action plan for strategic cooperation on Monday. Hu hoped the plan would inject vitality into the development of bilateral relations, and the two countries would seriously implement the tasks in it and promote bilateral cooperation.
He also appreciated Thailand's adherence to the one-China policy.
Surayud expressed gratitude for the consistent support and understanding of the Chinese government for Thailand. He said Thailand would continue close coordination and cooperation with China.
He said the Thai government regarded the plan as an opportunity to enhance strategic relations with China, and deepen cooperation.
Surayud said the Thai government would maintain its one-China policy.
Surayud arrived here on Monday on a two-day official visit as the guest of Premier Wen Jiabao.
This is his first visit to China since being appointed Prime Minister in October 2006.
Surayud will also visit a temple and Olympic Games facilities in Beijing and tour Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.