China has expressed its readiness to expand military cooperation with Thailand to bolster regional stability and address emerging security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
China’s Defence Minister Gen Li Shangfu conveyed this commitment during talks with Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Narongpan Jitkaewtae in Beijing on June 10. The discussions focused on implementing the important consensus reached by their leaders and fostering enhanced collaboration between their respective militaries, particularly their armies.
The meeting between Gen Li and Gen Narongpan took place seven months after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha held discussions on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Bangkok. The gathering signified the mutual interest of both countries in strengthening their military ties and maintaining enduring security in the region.
Gen Li emphasized plans for a series of joint exercises between China and Thailand scheduled for this year. These exercises, including “Assault 2023” and “Peace and Friendship 2023,” will provide opportunities for the armed forces of both nations to enhance coordination, interoperability, and capacity in order to effectively respond to potential security challenges.
China also reiterated its commitment to collaborate closely with Thailand in maintaining regional stability. Gen Li underscored the shared responsibility of the two nations to ensure lasting security in the region.
By deepening their collaboration, China and Thailand aim to contribute to regional stability, enhance mutual trust and develop a more secure environment for the Asia-Pacific as a whole.