THAILAND SAYS READY TO TAKE ROLE IN CONNECTING ASEAN, CHINA

12 Jul 2013 11:19

BANGKOK, July 12 (Bernama) - Thailand said it is ready to take a role in connecting China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said this during a visit by China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region governor Cheun Woo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok on Thursday.

Cheun was leading a business delegation from his region to Thailand.

During their meeting, both officials stressed the strong bonds between Thailand and China, with Surapong discussing a plan to organise the 10th anniversary of partnersnip between Asean and China this year.

On the occasion, the Chinese governor extended an invitation to Surapong to attend the China-Asean Expo 2013 scheduled to be held in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region's capital Naning in September.

Two-way trade between Thailand and China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is about 12 billion baht (US$385.22 million) annually.

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