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China to donate 500,000 vaccine doses to help Thailand combat Covid-19


Deputy Prime Minister Don Pramudwinai had a conversation with Chinas State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, on strengthening bilateral ties and the situation in Myanmar.

During the 30-minute call, both sides discussed cooperation in the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, the Chinese embassy in Bangkok said. Don thanked Wang for China’s pledge to donate 500,000 doses of vaccines to support the efforts of the Thai government in combating the pandemic.

Don, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, followed up with the Chinese side the request to facilitate the return of Thai students to China to continue their studies. The issue had been discussed by both sides during Wang's official visit to Thailand last October.

They also exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar. As next-door neighbours of Myanmar, both Thailand and China wished for a return to stability and normalcy in Myanmar. The Chinese side expressed appreciation and fully supported the efforts of Thailand and Asean to constructively engage with Myanmar and to encourage the pursuance of dialogue with a view to achieving a peaceful resolution to the situation, including the convening of the Asean Leaders’ Meeting, the statement said.

The Thai side expressed appreciation to the Chinese side for its support to Asean in this endeavour.

Don also accepted Wang's invitation to attend the Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Asean-China dialogue relations and the Sixth Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers' Meeting, which China plans to host in June 2021.

Published : April 24, 2021

By : THE NATION