Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo: Getty Images)

Bangkok (VNA) – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and Chinese President Xi Jinping have discussed measures to tighten bilateral ties, especially in boosting regional connectivity through roads and along the Mekong River.

They had a meeting on September 4 on the sidelines of the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in China’s Xiamen city.

Xi appreciated Thailand's active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, adding that he is willing to strengthen cooperation with Thailand in areas of investment, railways, e-finance, digital economy and e-commerce.

Meanwhile Prayut said Thailand is willing to maintain high-level contacts with China, deepen bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation, consolidate political mutual trust, expand economic and trade exchanges, promote mutual investment, enhance people-to-people exchanges and strengthen cooperation in such fields as education, scientific research and infrastructure.

[Thailand, China pledge to strengthen ties]

Thailand supports and will actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and the Lancang-Mekong cooperation, he added.

After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of four cooperation agreements, including the rail project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima worth 3.5 billion THB (105.5 million USD) and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.-VNA