China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin on Monday made four-point proposals to further promote China-Thailand ties while meetings with Thai parliament leaders.
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, met separately with President of the Thai National Assembly and Speaker of the House of Representatives Somsak Kitasuranont and Vice President of the National Assembly and Speaker of the Senate Thiradet Miphian in Bangkok during his six- day official good-will visit to the country.
Jia said the two sides should strengthen high-level exchanges and keep strategic communication. Regular contacts between state leaders is a good tradition of the two countries, which also played an irreplaceable role in promoting bilateral ties, he added.
Jia called on the two countries to deepen pragmatic cooperation and promote common development. He said China and Thailand, with strong complementary economies and broad cooperation prospect, should fully implement the five-year plan for bilateral trade and economic cooperation and further enlarge trade and two-way investment.
He said the two countries should expand cultural and people-to- people exchanges so as to consolidate the foundation of their friendship. He said they should make full use of the Confucius Institute and the Chinese culture center in Bangkok to further enhance cooperation in areas including culture, education, tourism and youth exchanges.
Jia also urged the two countries to strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs. Thailand will be the coordinator country for relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in this July. China is ready to deepen the political mutual trust and reciprocal cooperation with ASEAN, promote their relationship and east Asian cooperation and jointly safeguard Asia's stability and development, Jia said.
Jia briefed the guests on the role of CPPCC, saying it is an important task of the CPPCC to strengthen exchanges, understanding and friendship with people of other countries.
He said the CPPCC would increase exchanges with the Thai Senate and House of Representatives, learn from each other's experience in country governance and contribute to the two countries' economic and social development and the China-Thailand relations.
Jia also conveyed greetings from China's top legislator Wu Bangguo to Somsak and Thiradet.
Somsak and Thiradet thanked for Wu's greetings, saying Jia's visit is of great importance to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the CPPCC and Thai National Assembly.
Thailand was ready to work with China to deepen their friendship, strengthen cooperation and maintain Asia's peace, stability and development, they said.
Somsak said the two countries should further strengthen cooperation in areas including trade, economy, investment, infrastructure construction and culture.
Thiradet also expressed willingness to develop relations with China.
Jia also met with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday. Bangkok is the second stop of Jia's Thailand visit slated from April 20 to 25. He will also visit Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.