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Vice President Xi Jinping Meets with Thai Defense Minister

On the morning of April 26, 2012, Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Xi Jinping met with visiting Thai Minister of Defence Sukumpol Suwanatat and his delegation at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi said the people of the two countries have remained friends for generations and their traditional friendship has a long history. Currently, China-Thailand relations have been developing smoothly. He described the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation as a milestone event, adding that it conforms to the common aspiration of the two peoples. Bilateral friendly exchanges and cooperation cover almost all areas and have yielded fruitful results, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples. China thanked for Thailand's valuable support on issues concerning its core interests, he said. "The Chinese side places great importance on and treasures the traditional friendship between China and Thailand," Xi said, adding China is ready to work with the Thai side to continuously expand and deepen bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation.

Xi pointed out that military-to-military ties form an important part of the China-Thailand partnership. Expressing satisfaction about the rich results of military cooperation over the years, Xi said he hopes the two sides can increase exchanges and further advance friendly cooperation between the militaries.

Sukumpol said Thailand and China have respected and treated each other with sincerity and established a friendly, kinsman-like relationship over the past years. The belief that "China and Thailand are as close as one family" is deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. The Thai side treasures the cooperation and places importance on developing military-to-military relations with China, he said, expressing readiness to strengthen contact at all levels and in various areas and deepen military cooperation.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the PLA Zhang Qinsheng attended the meeting.

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