Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday discussed plans for high-speed train development, clean energy, education promotion, human resources development and water management.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, yesterday. The leaders met for talks ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting. (Photo provided by Government House)
The leaders discussed ways to jointly develop a wide range of cooperation including basic infrastructure and transport systems.
Their meeting came ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Indonesia, and was held in Laguna Resort on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Government spokesman Teerat Rattanasevi said both leaders stressed that infrastructure development will be a key factor to support connectivity at every level, Mr Teerat said.
Mr Teerat said the Chinese president proposed an initiative to set up a bank that can support basic infrastructure. The measure is aimed at supporting connectivity and boosting the economy in the region.
Ms Yingluck is now attending the Apec meeting, which started yesterday and ends tomorrow. The meeting is expected to produce a blueprint for regional connectivity from 2013 to 2030.
Mr Teerat said Mr Xi hailed the relationship between China and Thailand as ties between the countries are at the forefront of China's relations with Asean.
As Thailand is regarded as China's major regional partner for development, plans for a new stage of cooperation between the two nations will be sought, Mr Xi was quoted by Mr Teerat as saying.
Mr Teerat said Ms Yingluck also praised China's role in promoting stability, security and prosperity in the region and the world.
The leaders were also committed to streamlining procedures in previous agreements, Mr Teerat said.
The leaders also vowed to adhere to the goal of US$100 billion in bilateral trade in 2015, with increasing cooperation in agricultural produce, including rice, cassava, rubber and assorted Thai fruits.
Ms Yingluck also asked the Chinese president to support Thailand to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council between 2017 and 2018, Mr Teerat said.
He said Ms Yingluck also invited the Chinese president to pay an official visit to Thailand.
Referring to territorial and maritime disputes between China and Southeast Asian nations, the Chinese president said China would adhere to the formation of a code of conduct in the South China Sea.
The leaders also agreed to strengthen ties between Asean and China to mark the 10th anniversary of the strategic partners relationship.