By The Nation
The statement said that Yang Xin, chargé d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on March 17, informing him that China was willing to provide assistance to Thailand in its fight against Covid-19.
The following day, Yang Xin met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, to discuss details of the assistance.
Yang Xin said that in the course of responding to the epidemic, "China and Thailand have stood shoulder to shoulder, and extended mutual support to each other, which exemplify a deep traditional friendship ... China is willing to offer a helping hand within its capacity despite the still daunting task of fighting the virus at home."
The Chinese government will provide Thailand with medical materials such as test kits, surgical masks, N95 masks and medical protective garments, and it will coordinate with Chinese companies to export medicines for the treatment of Covid-19. Chinese enterprises in Thailand and friendly Chinese civil societies are also mobilised in donating medical supplies to Thailand.
Prayut and Anutin expressed their firm support for China’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 epidemic, the statement said, adding the Thai leaders also congratulated China for achieving positive progress under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.
The statement said that on behalf of the Thai government and the Thai people, the prime minister thanked China for its valuable support and assistance, believing it fully reflects China's government has put the development of bilateral relations high on its agenda.
Anutin lauded China's gesture to lend a helping hand in this most difficult time, which he believed exemplifies the special friendship of “Thai and China as one family”. He believed that after overcoming this challenge, Sino-Thai relationship will be more consolidated, the Chinese embassy statement said.