Thailand has tremendously progressed in developing its economic relationship with China, which is the major economic power in Asia. Thailand has a lot to gain from the relations between China-Thailand. That includes solving emerging and longstanding challenges like security and national economic interest. The relations between China and Thailand in getting better in 2021 and this is due to efforts from both countries over the past few years.
In this article, we’d go through history to see whether or not the relations between both countries will get in 2021. Read on!!!
In 2013, both countries took their cooperative partnership and relationship in a completely new direction. This direction was backed with promises of a brighter future as seen currently. There have been series of top-level mutual visits between both countries.
For example, in October 2013, Premier Li Keqiang met with leaders of the Thai government and the Thai royal family in Thailand. During this visit, he extensively engaged with people in different sectors. There are so many other examples of such visits that have taken place over the past few decades. The aim of these visits was to create a long-term program to develop the relations between both countries.
During these visits, China and Thailand signed documents to enhance cooperation in various sectors. Thailand eventually rose to become the second-largest ASEAN country to China, and Chain became Thailand’s second-largest trading partner.
Many may wonder how both countries have maintained this closeness for so long. It’s simple, and the only thing they’ve done is to ensure that they maintain collaboration on every level.
In 2017, Lyu Jian was interviewed on the 19th Congress of China’s Communist Party and the implications of relations with Thailand. Here are some of the excerpts of the interview:
Both countries are well known throughout Asia, and they also have the same time zone. The 19th National Congress provides new opportunities to make their bond even stronger.
- Both countries have a common mission with respect to development. Thailand is committed to upholding the sufficiency economy, and China has its eye focused on innovative developments. That main aim is to build a modernized economy, which is why they share their philosophies and strategies to achieve these goals.
- During the congress, an agreement was reached, and this was to further engage in a cooperation that will develop and promote the economy of both countries.
- International matters and regional activities are not left out as both countries strive to grow these areas too.
Bilateral cooperation between both countries has improved in many other ways over the years. For example, prominent Chinese companies like Huawei, Jingdong, and Alibaba have invested in Thailand. These investments have also made it easier for Chinese people to find a job in Thailand.
Military Relations also exist between both countries, as seen from past events. For example, over US$1 billion was used by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha to order weapons and other war and security equipment from China.
Both countries also have plans to launch a joint factory for the production of arms and weapons. The factory is stated to be situated in Khon Kaen. The factory will be responsible for all the activities to ensure that the army of both countries doesn’t run short of ammunition.
The Royal Thai Navy and the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation signed a contract in May 2017. This contract was for the delivery of an S26T diesel-electric submarine in 2023. China also guaranteed the provision of technical guidance to Thailand.
Other Evidence to Show the Improvements in the China-Thailand Relations
The collaboration between the two countries has continuously grown in many aspects, including tourism. Over 15 million continuously travel between both countries for different reasons. What’s more, is that migrating from Thailand to China is now a lot easier.
China and Thailand have also build a very close educational cooperation. Youths from each of the countries can be seen in abundance in various schools spread across the two countries. Both countries continue to encourage friendship and understanding among youths.
In 2020, China reaffirmed its commitment towards enhancing the already existing bilateral ties it shares with Thailand. Premier Li Keqiang praised the productivity of the relationship between both countries and promised to strengthen the ties with Thailand in various fields.
China donated 150,000 COVID-19 test kits, 70,000 N95 face masks, 70,000 PPEs, and 1.3 million surgical face masks to Thailand in order to help them fight the coronavirus. Thailand and China are like close families, which is why they mutually cooperate in different ways, including fighting COVID-19.
46 Years of Thai-Chinese Relations
The year 2021 marks 46 years’ relationship between China and Thailand. Top officials of both countries extended new year greetings, wishing each other wealth, prosperity, and health in the year of the Ox. The relations between China and Thailand have increased over the past 46 years, and it promises to get better in 2021.
The Thai economy is yet to gain full recovery since the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there are many promising factors that will help the country to recover fully, and that includes Thai-Chinese relations. Both countries are committed to maintaining the relationships and collaborations it has built over the years.
There are so many events that have taken place in the past, all of which have helped in strengthening the relations between both countries. With both countries’ continuous economic growth, their shared relations in different sectors will only get better in 2021. Also, the relations between both country has higher chances of been expanded to cover other sectors in 2021.