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Joint Press Release for the Third Round of China-Thailand Strategic Dialogue

2017/04/01

1. On March 30, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Liu Zhenmin and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Busaya Mathelin of Thailand co-chaired the third round of China-Thailand Strategic Dialogue in Thailand.

2. The meeting mentioned that bilateral cooperation has made positive progress since the second Strategic Dialogue in Beijing in July, 2014. Exchanges and visits between the two countries have been further accelerated ever since then, especially since a series of activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand from 2015 to 2016. Both sides are satisfied with this and encourage further communication at all levels.

3. The meeting welcomes the convening of the third Strategic Dialogue, and it believed that the dialogue was held at an appropriate time. At present, China-Thailand relations enjoy stable development and achieve fruitful outcomes from cooperation, which lays a solid foundation for the future of bilateral cooperation. The relationship between the two countries is now steadily heading for its fifth decades. The draft of the Third Joint Action Plan on China-Thailand Strategic Cooperation (2017-2021) was discussed at the meeting, which will provide guidance for bilateral cooperation to further improve the level of bilateral strategic cooperation.

4. The meeting discussed the latest development policies of the two countries, especially China's "Belt and Road" and "Made in China 2025", as well as "Thailand's 4.0" and the "Eastern Economic Corridor" of Thailand and other policies. China and Thailand both believed that peace, stability and development of both countries are essential for maintaining the interests of the two countries and the region. The two sides also agreed that China and Thailand are complementary in their development strategies, and hope to further strengthen cooperation, strive to cross the middle-income trap, so as to achieve the goal of prosperous and sustainable development.

5. The meeting discussed in detail China-Thailand cooperation in various fields such as politics, security, trade, investment, society, culture, and cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries.

In the field of politics and security, China respects Thailand's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and Thailand firmly adheres to the one-China policy. Both sides reiterated the importance of China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and agreed to further promote dialogues and cooperation between relevant departments of the two countries through experience exchanges and intelligence sharing on traditional and non-traditional security areas covering cross-border crimes, terrorism, cyber security, and maritime security.

In the field of economic and trade cooperation, the meeting mentioned the efforts made by both sides under the guidance of the five-year development plan for economic and trade cooperation. This plan was renewed in the 5th meeting of China-Thailand Joint Committee on Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation held in Beijing on December 9, 2016. The two sides exchanged views on how to further promote trade, investment, infrastructure connectivity, science, technology, innovation, energy and cooperation at local levels. Both sides believed that the economic development potential will be further stimulated if the cooperation mechanism at local levels between both countries is properly applied. The meeting also mentioned that Thailand plans to host three working group meetings with the governments of Yunnan Province, Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region this year.

In the field of social and cultural cooperation, the two sides put emphasis on promoting people-to-people and cultural exchanges through deepening cooperation in education, culture and tourism. The meeting welcomed the proposal of Thailand to host the 22nd China-Thailand Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation this year.

6. Attendees at the meeting discussed regional and international issues of common concern, such as China-ASEAN strategic partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, regional connectivity, maritime cooperation, regional situation and the role of major countries in the region. The meeting believed that China's "Belt and Road" initiative and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 complement each other. Both sides fully affirmed the constructive role of Lancang -Mekong River cooperation.

7. The two sides exchanged views on the South China Sea issue at the meeting, stressing the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability in the South China Sea. China and ASEAN countries will work together to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and promote the consultation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) to reach the COC at an early date on the basis of consensus.

8. The meeting noted the positive results of regional maritime cooperation, indicating that enhancing joint efforts on marine scientific research and environmental protection is the first step of Thailand's initiative to build the peaceful, stable and sustainable sea. In this regard, Thailand warmly welcomes China's long-term support for the development of China-Thailand Joint Laboratory on Climate and Marine Ecosystem in Phuket.

9. The two sides agreed that China will host the fourth round of China-Thailand Strategic Dialogue at the convenience of both sides.

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