|Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) poses for photo with Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during their meeting in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Dec. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
BANGKOK, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Friday held talks with Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on bilateral friendly relations.
Lauding the important contributions made by Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the royal family to the advancement of the China-Thailand friendly ties, Xi noted that the princess herself has made enormous positive efforts to cement the friendship.
The China-Thailand relations have maintained the momentum for steady and sound development over the past years, with mutual political trust and high-level contact growing steadily, said Xi.
The two nations have conducted friendly cooperation in a broad range of areas, such as economy and trade, culture, education, science and technology and health, and kept close coordination on international and regional affairs, he said.
In the face of major natural disasters, the two peoples have always empathized with each other and offered each other support and assistance, giving body to the notion that "China and Thailand are one family," Xi said.
China has, as always, seen Thailand as a reliable friend and partner, he said, voicing his belief that with the concerted efforts from both sides, the bilateral ties will be elevated to higher levels.
On behalf of the Thai king, Sirindhorn extended a warm welcome to Xi's visit to Thailand.
Recalling her 30 plus visits to China, the princess said that the Thailand-China friendship has taken root in the hearts of the two peoples, as can be seen from the timely and generous help the two nations offered each other during the natural disasters in recent years.
Citing the Thai public's keen interest in learning the Chinese language, Sirindhorn said that the two nations need to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in such areas as education and culture so as to carry on the Thailand-China friendship from generation to generation.
She also conveyed gratitude for the Chinese people's support and help for those affected by the recent severe floods in Thailand.
Xi arrived here Thursday for a three-day official visit to Thailand, the second and last stop of an Asia tour that also took him to Vietnam.