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Li Keqiang Exchanges Congratulatory Messages with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand, Congratulating on Official Launching of Cooperative Project of China-Thailand Railway

On December 19, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang exchanged congratulatory messages with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand, congratulating on the official launching of the cooperative project of China-Thailand Railway.

Li Keqiang expressed in the congratulatory message that China and Thailand launching railway cooperation conforms to the development needs and common interests of the two countries and bears great significance to promoting regional connectivity. After one-year joint efforts of the two sides, important progress has been made in the cooperation. It is hoped that the two sides will make persistent efforts to ensure the smooth implementation of the railway cooperation project, so as to lay a solid foundation for the early link-up of the "main artery of communications" connecting China, Laos and Thailand and promote common development and people's well-being in the region.

Li Keqiang pointed out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Thailand. China stands ready to continue to join hands with Thailand to take the cooperative project of China-Thailand railway as a new starting point, constantly expand and deepen bilateral mutually beneficial and practical cooperation and promote China-Thailand friendly relations to a new height.

Prayuth Chan-ocha noted in the congratulatory message that Thailand and China enjoy close relations and connected culture. The railway cooperation project is another successful example of bilateral practical cooperation, which will lay a crucial foundation for closer cooperation between the two countries in the future and is conducive to enhancing people's well-being and national competitiveness as well as promoting economic development and prosperity in the region.

On the same day, a grand launching ceremony of the cooperative project of China-Thailand railway was held in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya of Thailand. State Councilor Wang Yong and Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Jantong of Thailand jointly attended the event on behalf of their respective government.

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