On April 17, 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides reached important consensus on upgrading bilateral relations.
Wen said that Sino-Thai relations have a solid foundation. Both sides have adhered to the principle of mutual respect, equal treatment and good-neighborly friendship over the years. In the face of difficulties, the two governments and peoples have helped and supported each other and remained trustworthy friends and partners. Amid the profound changes of the international situation, China and Thailand have coordinated more closely, thus safeguarding common interests.
"Establishing the China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is of great significance to both countries and the peaceful development of East Asia," Wen told Yingluck. "China hopes to enhance strategic communication with Thailand, jointly face challenges and boost cooperation in diversified areas," Wen added.
Wen called on both sides to coordinate closely to earnestly implement the second joint action plan on China-Thailand strategic cooperation and a five-year plan concerning China-Thailand economic and trade cooperation. Both sides should promote trade and investment cooperation and expand local currency settlement. Both sides should also strengthen railway construction cooperation and promote China-ASEAN transport facilitation. The Chinese premier proposed expanding bilateral trade to 100 billion US dollars annually before 2015, enhancing cooperation in ocean, telecommunication, technology, energy and agriculture and keeping closer humanities exchanges. Wen pledged continuous support for Thailand in its post-disaster reconstruction and water conservancy. He also urged both sides to boost joint patrols of China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand along the Mekong River and enhance coordination in East Asian cooperation and Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation. Both sides should also implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to jointly safeguard peace and stability on the South China Sea.
Yingluck thanked for China's assistance and support for flood relief and post-disaster reconstruction in Thailand, saying both sides enjoy frequent high-level visits and fruitful exchanges and cooperation in all areas. Yingluck said the establishment of Thailand-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership meets the common interests of both countries. She vowed to enhance strategic communication with China and expand exchanges and cooperation in all areas by making use of various bilateral mechanisms. She said Thailand will conclude judicial proceedings regarding the murder of Chinese crewmen on the Mekong river as soon as possible, punish the criminals involved in accordance with the law, and safeguard navigation safety on the Mekong River. She added that her country will play a positive role in boosting ASEAN-China cooperation and maintaining peace and stability on the South China Sea.
After their talks, the two premiers witnessed the signing of relevant bilateral cooperation agreements.
Prior to the talks, Premier Wen held a welcome ceremony for Yingluck at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairperson of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy Pan Guiyu, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, China International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Guan Mu attended the welcome ceremony.