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Chinese vice president meets former Thai prime minister on relations


09:54, December 25, 2011

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is also leader of the Democrat Party, in Bangkok, Thailand, Dec. 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BANGKOK, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met here Saturday with Thailand's former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiv, discussing ways to strengthen relationship between their two countries.

Since China and Thailand established diplomatic ties 36 years ago, the two countries have conducted pragmatic cooperation in various areas based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, Xi told Abhisit, who is also the chief of the Democratic Party of Thailand.

Xi said China and Thailand have deepened political mutual trust, expanded business cooperation and increased people-to-people exchanges since they established a strategic cooperative partnership.

China highly appreciates Abhisit's efforts to promote bilateral cooperation during his tenure as prime minister, Xi said, adding that China is ready to work with Thailand to further strengthen the friendly cooperation to bring more benefits to the two peoples.

Xi said that the party-to-party relationship constitutes an important part in the relations between the two countries as it plays an vital role in strengthening political mutual trust and deepening bilateral cooperation.

In this connection, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has always remained committed to developing friendly relationship with all parties in Thailand, including the Democratic Party, and stands ready to further step up communication between the two sides so as to learn from each other.

Abhisit, on his part, extended his gratitude for the aids offered by China to flood-hit areas in Thailand.

He said current Xi's visit has drawn close attention from people in all walks of life in Thailand, and that the Thai people have applauded the consensus reached on promoting cooperation in economy and trade, finance, agriculture and railway construction, among others.

The leader of the opposition Democratic Party also pledged that his party will, as always, play a positive role in promoting bilateral cooperation and stands ready to further strengthen friendly ties with the CPC.

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