China and Thailand sign visa waiver pact

China and Thailand on Sunday signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports and public affairs passports. The policy, which will go into effect on March 1It is expected to boost people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

The agreement was an important outcome during the first meeting of the consultation mechanism between the foreign ministers of Thailand and China, which was held in Bangkok.

At a press conference in the Thai capital, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yialso a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said:

“It is important that the people of the two countries have forged closer friendships and stronger ties and are now embracing a better life.”

There will be a large increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand, Wang saying.

“We also welcome friends from Thailand to feel the vitality and vitality of China and the hospitality of the Chinese people.”

At the press conference, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara He said the visa-free agreement is a symbol of enduring friendship and trust between China and Thailand, which is evident at all levels.

“The meeting is an important step in our cooperation, held at the level of foreign ministers of both countries, and we have agreed to hold it alternately at least once a year,”

he said.

“I am confident that travel between our two peoples, whether for tourism or business, will be more convenient and will help stimulate the tourism industry in both countries.”

As next year will mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand, Wang China highly praises the friendship and mutual trust between China and Thailand. The bilateral relationship between the two countries has stood the test of the changing international landscape and has grown stronger and stronger over the past half century, she said.

“China always views Thailand as a priority in its diplomacy with neighboring countries and supports Thailand to follow a development path that suits its national conditions.”

Wang stressed.

He also noted that China appreciates Thailand’s firm commitment to the one-China principle and its active support for the Global Development Initiative, Global Security Initiative and Global Civilization Initiative.

“China is willing to work with Thailand to jointly deepen the construction of a more stable, prosperous and sustainable China-Thailand community with a shared future, and provide more stability and certainty to a changing and turbulent world.”

Wang saying.

To strengthen cooperation with China, Parnpree He said Thailand is committed to promoting trade, investment, security and cooperation in culture and tourism, facilitating connectivity, people-to-people relations and promoting cooperation in various multilateral and regional forums.

During Sunday’s meeting, both sides also agreed to accelerate the development of the China-Thailand Railway, fully implement the China-Laos-Thailand Connectivity Development Corridor Outlook, and open the central line of the Trans-Asian Railway as soon as possible. .

The two countries signed agreements on the export of poultry meat and podocarpus plants to China. Podocarpus is a versatile, low-maintenance plant for landscaping.

China will import more specialized agricultural products from Thailand, support more Chinese companies to invest and grow in Thailand, and foster new drivers of cooperation in new energy vehicles, digital economy and green development.

During the meeting, the two ministers also exchanged views on current key regional and international situations, including the situation in Myanmar, the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.

News Source: China Daily Information Company

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