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Thailand and China enhance cooperation to fight illegal immigration and terror

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BANGKOK: -- Thailand and China have agreed to step up their cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration and terror, as Thailand deals with an influx of Uighurs from China's far western region of Xinjiang, according to reports by China Daily Asia on Wednesday.

In a joint communique released by China’s foreign ministry following a visit to Beijing by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the daily said

both countries would hold defence and security dialogue between their defence ministries.

The two will enhance cooperation in the “prevention and the eradication of illegal immigration, drug trafficking, terrorism and transnational crimes”, the communique reads.

“The Thai side viewed that China could significantly contribute to the development of the countries in the region through its contributions to such areas as health, anti-drug trafficking and human trafficking,” it reads.

The communique also made reference to Thailand’s political situation, reading: “China reiterated its understanding of the political situation in Thailand. China expressed support for the efforts by the Royal Thai Government in implementing the roadmap on national reform, in promoting economic growth and in improving the well-being of the people.”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Thailand last week, where he offered more than US$3 billion in loans and aid to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production.

Following is the full text of the Joint Press Communique between China and Thailand issued by the governments of the two countries on Tuesday:

Joint Press Communique Between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand

1. At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha of the Kingdom of Thailand paid an official visit to China from 22 to 23 December 2014. During the visit, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha paid a courtesy call on President Xi Jinping and held a bilateral meeting with Premier Li Keqiang as well as met with Chairman Zhang Dejiang of the Standing Committee of the National People’ s Congress.

2. The Chinese leaders kindly requested Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to convey their cordial greetings and best wishes to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Thai side expressed deep appreciation for China’ s display of warm sentiments.

3. The Chinese side expressed appreciation to the Royal Thai Government for hosting a successful meeting of the Fifth Greater Mekong Sub-region Economic Cooperation Program (GMS) Summit on 19-20 December 2014 in Bangkok. The Thai side expressed appreciation to the Government of the People’ s Republic of China for the support and constructive role in ensuring the fruitful outcome of the meeting. Both sides reaffirmed their cooperation in achieving inclusive and sustainable development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

4. The two sides shared the view that with the growing economic interdependence and evolving regional and international landscape, it serves the fundamental and mutual interests of both Thailand and China to work together to strengthen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with a view to contributing to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and beyond as well as the improvement of the well-being of the peoples of both countries.

5. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the close and growing ties between the two countries. The Leaders of the two countries welcomed the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand in 2015. Both sides agreed to take the opportunity of this auspicious occasion to further strengthen their long-standing friendship, enhance strategic dialogue as well as deepen and expand the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.

6. China reiterated its understanding of the political situation in Thailand. China expressed support for the efforts by the Royal Thai Government in implementing the Roadmap on national reform, in promoting economic growth and in improving the well-being of the people.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/thailand-china-enhance-cooperation-fight-illegal-immigration-terror

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-- Thai PBS 2014-12-24

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Isn't China such a great country to be aligned with? Tibet enjoys a special relationship with China that few other nations can envy. And now Thailand will join the Chinese Great March.

And yet the nation that shares the same culture, language, and heritage - Taiwan - rejects reunification with China. But then Taiwan, unlike Thailand, has a history of real democracy that it is not willing to give up for China's "friendship." Taiwan found that the Chinese One Country-Two Systems really meant One Country-Their System. Thailand too will enjoy the priviledge of a similar educational experience.

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