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Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand Meet the Press

On the morning of November 5, 2019 local time, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand jointly met the press at the Prime Minister's Office in Bangkok.

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke positively of the new outcomes of China-Thailand cooperation. Li Keqiang expressed, Thailand is a good friend and partner of China on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, and the two sides have strong complementary advantages and great cooperation potentials. Bilateral cooperation moves forward rapidly and stably like a long-tail boat in the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. China is willing to work together with the Thai side to deepen good-neighborly friendship, cope with challenges, and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

The two sides agreed to enhance connectivity cooperation, promote the better alignment between China's Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor, speed up the construction of the China-Thailand railway, and deepen cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, e-commerce, smart cities, law enforcement and security. Both sides are willing to maintain exchanges and share experience in such topics as poverty alleviation and development, so as to improve the well-beings of the two peoples.

Li Keqiang pointed out, a major achievement of the series of Leaders' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation this year is the basic conclusion of the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. With joint efforts of all parties, an East Asian free trade area will be built that will boast the largest population, the most diversified membership structures, and the greatest potential for development in the world. It sends a strong signal to the world to maintain multilateralism and free trade. We have full confidence in signing the agreement next year. It is hoped that all parties will accelerate the implementation of the RCEP, so as to benefit the peoples of the participating countries as soon as possible.

As for consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC), Li Keqiang said, the COC is an upgraded and more substantial version of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. The consultations are making positive progress. China is willing to work with relevant countries in the region to make important contributions to an early conclusion of the COC, and to jointly safeguard the lasting peace and tranquility of the South China Sea.

Xiao Jie was present.

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