|Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 27, 2014. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China hopes to see long-lasting stability and peace in Thailand and lift the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.
He made the remarks at a meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimaprakorn on the sidelines of the ongoing annual high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly, which entered its fourth day Saturday.
As Thailand has recently formed a new government, Wang said, China believes that under its leadership, various political parties and forces in Thailand will proceed from the fundamental and long-term interests of the nation and people and find a development path that suits the country's national conditions via dialogue and consultation, so as to realize lasting stability and peace in the country.
"China and Thailand are one family", Wang said, and the existing good friendship is a result of the accumulated joint efforts and contributions of the two countries' leaders and far-sighted personages.
The next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the two nations' diplomatic ties, he said.
China is willing to promote communication and coordination with Thailand, carry forward the traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation, deepen mutual strategic trust and elevate their comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level, Wang said.
For his part, Tanasak said the two countries enjoy a very close relationship, from which Thailand has benefited enormously.
The new Thai government attaches great importance to the ties with China, and is ready to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary to expand pragmatic cooperation in such areas as economy and trade and infrastructure construction, and advance people-to-people exchanges, Tanasak noted.
He said Thailand is committed to enhancing the ASEAN-China cooperation and pushing for further development of Thailand-China relations.