Chinese Premier Visits Thailand to Boost Ties

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao began a two-day visit to Thailand on Tuesday as part of a regional tour before he steps down next year. Wen will discuss greater cooperation in areas such as education and rice trade with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. China is Thailand’s second-largest trading partner after Japan. Wen also met with 84-year-old Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej and with members of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Before arriving in Bangkok, Wen attended an East Asia Summit in Cambodia. Wen’s trip follows a visit by President Barack Obama to Thailand on Sunday.—AP

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